Definitions for: Judge


[n] an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
[n] a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice
[v] form an opinion of or pass judgment on
[v] determine the result of, as of a competition
[v] form an opinion about; judge tentatively; form an estimate of, as of quantities or time; "I estimate this chicken to weigh at three pounds"
[v] pronounce judgment on; "They labeled him unfit to work here"
[v] put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"



Webster (1913) Definition: Judge, n. [OE. juge, OF. & F. juge, fr. OF. jugier, F.
juger, to judge. See Judge, v. i.]
1. (Law) A public officer who is invested with authority to
hear and determine litigated causes, and to administer
justice between parties in courts held for that purpose.

The parts of a judge in hearing are four: to direct
the evidence; to moderate length, repetition, or
impertinency of speech; to recapitulate, select, and
collate the material points of that which hath been
said; and to give the rule or sentence. --Bacon.

2. One who has skill, knowledge, or experience, sufficient to
decide on the merits of a question, or on the quality or
value of anything; one who discerns properties or
relations with skill and readiness; a connoisseur; an
expert; a critic.

A man who is no judge of law may be a good judge of
poetry, or eloquence, or of the merits of a
painting. --Dryden.

3. A person appointed to decide in a?trial of skill, speed,
etc., between two or more parties; an umpire; as, a judge
in a horse race.

4. (Jewish Hist.) One of supreme magistrates, with both civil
and military powers, who governed Israel for more than
four hundred years.

5. pl. The title of the seventh book of the Old Testament;
the Book of Judges.

Judge Advocate (Mil. & Nav.), a person appointed to act as
prosecutor at a court-martial; he acts as the
representative of the government, as the responsible
adviser of the court, and also, to a certain extent, as
counsel for the accused, when he has no other counsel.

Judge-Advocate General, in the United States, the title of
two officers, one attached to the War Department and
having the rank of brigadier general, the other attached
to the Navy Department and having the rank of colonel of
marines or captain in the navy. The first is chief of the
Bureau of Military Justice of the army, the other performs
a similar duty for the navy. In England, the designation
of a member of the ministry who is the legal adviser of
the secretary of state for war, and supreme judge of the
proceedings of courts-martial.

Syn: Judge, Umpire, Arbitrator, Referee.

Usage: A judge, in the legal sense, is a magistrate appointed
to determine questions of law. An umpire is a person
selected to decide between two or more who contend for
a prize. An arbitrator is one chosen to allot to two
contestants their portion of a claim, usually on
grounds of equity and common sense. A referee is one
to whom a case is referred for final adjustment.
Arbitrations and references are sometimes voluntary,
sometimes appointed by a court.


Judge, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Judged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Judging.] [OE. jugen, OF. jugier, F. juger, L. judicare,
fr. judex judge; jus law or right + dicare to proclaim,
pronounce, akin to dicere to say. See Just, a., and
Diction, and cf. Judicial.]
1. To hear and determine, as in causes on trial; to decide as
a judge; to give judgment; to pass sentence.

The Lord judge between thee and me. --Gen. xvi. 5.

Father, who art judge Of all things made, and
judgest only right! --Milton.

2. To assume the right to pass judgment on another; to sit in
judgment or commendation; to criticise or pass adverse
judgment upon others. See Judge, v. t., 3.

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all. --Shak.

3. To compare facts or ideas, and perceive their relations
and attributes, and thus distinguish truth from falsehood;
to determine; to discern; to distinguish; to form an
opinion about.

Judge not according to the appearance. --John vii.
24.

She is wise if I can judge of her. --Shak.


Judge, v. t.
1. To hear and determine by authority, as a case before a
court, or a controversy between two parties. ``Chaos
[shall] judge the strife.'' --Milton.

2. To examine and pass sentence on; to try; to doom.

God shall judge the righteous and the wicked.
--Eccl. iii.
7.

To bring my whole cause 'fore his holiness, And to
be judged by him. --Shak.

3. To arrogate judicial authority over; to sit in judgment
upon; to be censorious toward.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. --Matt. vii.
1.

4. To determine upon or deliberation; to esteem; to think; to
reckon.

If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord.
--Acts xvi.
15.

5. To exercise the functions of a magistrate over; to govern.
[Obs.]

Make us a king to judge us. --1 Sam. viii.
5.

Synonyms: adjudicate, approximate, evaluator, gauge, guess, jurist, justice, label, magistrate, pronounce, try

See Also: accept, acquit, adjudge, adjudge, adjudicate, adjudicator, anticipate, appraise, appraiser, approve, ascribe, assess, assign, assoil, attribute, authority, believe, calculate, chief justice, choose, cipher, clear, compute, conceive, consider, convict, count, count on, court-martial, critic, critique, cypher, Daniel, decide, decide, declare, declare, determine, disapprove, discharge, disqualify, doge, enquire, essay, estimate, evaluate, examine, exculpate, exonerate, expect, fail, figure, find, forecast, functionary, give, grade, guesstimate, hold, hold, impute, inquire, intonate, intone, justice of the peace, justiciar, justiciary, lowball, make, make up one's mind, measure, misgauge, nasalise, nasalize, official, order, ordinary, overestimate, overrate, pass, place, praetor, prejudge, pretor, prove, put, qualify, quantise, quantize, range, rank, rate, reappraise, reckon, recorder, referee, reject, repute, resolve, review, rule, Samson, set, settle, stand, stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate, test, think, tout, trial judge, trier, truncate, try, try out, umpire, underestimate, valuate, valuator, value, wonder, work out

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Famous Quotes Containing Judge:


You can never really judge your work because once it's done, it's done.

-- Charlotte Rampling (French Actress)

To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.

-- Marquis de Sade (French Novelist)

I call upon my God to judge me, he knows that I love my friends and above all others my wife and children, the, oppinion of the world to contrary notwithstanding.

-- Stand Watie (Cherokee Soldier)

In a way I guess I'd be a bad judge of what it was like because it just seemed perfectly normal to me.

-- Susan Olsen (American Actress)

If the courts are making the decisions, it matters who the judge is and, of course, people are concerned with what is the bottom line.

-- John Harrison (English Inventor)

I don't judge myself by what someone says.

-- Sydney Schanberg (American Journalist)

I was privileged to serve as a judge.

-- Kenneth Starr (American Lawyer)

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

-- Wayne Dyer (American Psychologist)

I consider myself to be a pretty good judge of people... that's why I don't like any of them.

-- Roseanne Barr (American Actress)

How large and varied is the educational bill of fare set before every young gentleman in Great Britain; and to judge by the mental stamina it affords him in most cases, what a waste of good food it is!

-- James Payn (English Novelist)

If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

-- Abraham Lincoln (American President)

Scientific corporations might well become almost independent states and be enabled to undertake their largest experiments without consulting the outside world - a world which would be less and less able to judge what the experiments were about.

-- John Desmond Bernal (Irish Scientist)

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.

-- Saint Augustine ( Saint)

If the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.

-- Lysander Spooner (American Philosopher)

The Court is most vulnerable and comes nearest to illegitimacy when it deals with judge-made constitutional law having little or no cognizable roots in the language or design of the Constitution.

-- Byron White (American Judge)

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American Poet)

So my attorneys brought litigation in the U.S. federal courts. The judge ruled in our favor.

-- Jeremy Rifkin (American Economist)

I have, I think, afforded every opportunity that could be reasonably expected, to judge of my credibility.

-- Maria Monk (Canadian Celebrity)

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.

-- Harold Nicolson (British Diplomat)

Of course you know this difference as well as I do, only you failed to draw from it the conclusions for the tactics in Western Europe, at least as far as I am able to judge from your works.

-- Herman Gorter (Dutch Poet)

The Divine Thing that made itself the foundation of the Church does not seem, to judge by his comments on the religious leadership of his day, to have hoped much from officers of a church.

-- Charles Williams (English Editor)

A church of dialogue in the contemporary world... a church, taking on the mission of Jesus, which is in the world not to judge humanity, but to love it and to save it.

-- Claudio Hummes ( -)

We do not judge great art. It judges us.

-- Caroline Gordon (American Writer)

I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.

-- Herman Melville (American Novelist)

God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise.

-- Shoeless Joe Jackson (American Athlete)

No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded Cape Horn in a sailing vessel, until he has bumped into two or three icebergs, until he has been lost in the sands of the desert, until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead.

-- Van Wyck Brooks (American Critic)

American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows.

-- John Philip Sousa (American Musician)

The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.

-- Alexander Hamilton (American Politician)

So with truth - there is a certain moment when one can say, this is the truth and here I put a dot, a stop, and I go to another thing. A judge has to put an end to a deliberation. But for a historian, there's never an end to the past. It can go on and on and on.

-- A. B. Yehoshua (Israeli Novelist)

A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

-- H. L. Mencken (American Writer)

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.

-- Carl Rogers (American Psychologist)

A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.

-- Horace (Roman Poet)

You can have many different selection systems, but the bottom line has to be a system that, once the judge takes office that judge will feel that he or she is to decide the case without reference to the popular thing or the popular will of the moment.

-- Stephen Breyer (American Judge)

I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. Judges can't rely on what's in their heart. They don't determine the law. Congress makes the law. The job of a judge is to apply the law.

-- Sonia Sotomayor (American Judge)

Falling little wind, it was five before I could form my line, or distinguish any of the enemy's motions; and could not judge at all of their force, more than by numbers, which were seventeen, and thirteen appeared large.

-- John Byng (British Soldier)


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