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:


The only folk I can judge are people like Woody Allen who I think is a genius, largely because I think he has beaten the system. He has his own company, and his films are all his own ideas. It's his direction, and so it comes out the way he imagined it.

-- Nigel Kneale (English Writer)

If you would judge, understand.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

We do not judge great art. It judges us.

-- Caroline Gordon (American Writer)

Not only does travel give us a new system of reckoning, it also brings to the fore unknown aspects of our own self. Our consciousness being broadened and enriched, we shall judge ourselves more correctly.

-- Ella Maillart (Swiss Writer)

One of my good friends is Christian, goes to church every Sunday, very religious. I'm fine with that and I will never judge her.

-- Amber Tamblyn (American Actress)

I play a character every day of my life, and I don't want to play a character as myself. They can judge me as an actress, not as a person. I'm not a spokeswoman for Anna.

-- Anna Friel (English Actress)

I loved being a judge, and sometimes I miss the power of the gavel, but this is a lot more fun.

-- Catherine Crier (American Journalist)

How one can live without being able to judge oneself, criticize what one has accomplished, and still enjoy what one does, is unimaginable to me.

-- Anna Freud (Austrian Psychologist)

To judge therefore of Shakespeare by Aristotle's rule is like trying a man by the Laws of one Country who acted under those of another.

-- Elizabeth Montagu (British Writer)

The American people are going to judge the majority party here today. If they go out here and vote for this rule that allows this provision to be stricken, they are voting against the men and women in the military of our country.

-- Norm Dicks (American Politician)

Billy Graham talks about how he doesn't judge people. I don't either. Some people I am just pissed at.

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)

Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.

-- Adolf Hitler ( Criminal)

I judge people on how they smell, not how they look.

-- Jennifer Lopez ( Musician)

I'm a judge. It seemed to me that it was critical to try to take action to stem the criticism and help people understand that in the constitutional framework, it's terribly important not to have a system of retaliation against decisions people don't like.

-- Sandra Day O'Connor (American Judge)

Listen to people and treat people as you find them. There's an inherent goodness in most people. Don't pre-judge people - that was me Mam's advice anyway.

-- Sean Bean (English Actor)

You will not dishonor the divine perfections by judgments unworthy of them, provided you never judge of Him by yourself, provided you do not ascribe to the Creator the imperfections and limitations of created beings.

-- Nicolas Malebranche (French Philosopher)

While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously.

-- Tim Allen (American Comedian)

I ain't got no right to judge someone.

-- Frank Bruno (British Athlete)

When a judge assumes the power to decide which distinctions made in a statute are legitimate and which are not, he assumes the power to disapprove of any and all legislation, because all legislation makes distinctions.

-- Robert Bork (American Public Servant)

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)

For people who are really talented, what you don't say becomes extremely important. You have to judge what to say and what to leave alone so you can let the talent develop.

-- Itzhak Perlman (Israeli Musician)

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)

In fact, for all kinds of offenses - and, for no offenses - from murders to misdemeanors, men and women are put to death without judge or jury; so that, although the political excuse was no longer necessary, the wholesale murder of human beings went on just the same.

-- Ida B. Wells (American Activist)

I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.

-- Sally Field (American Actress)

I hate tests. It's a really lousy way to judge a person's ability.

-- Bill Paxton (American Actor)

The judge is found guilty when a criminal is acquitted.

-- Publilius Syrus (Roman Writer)

Never judge someone by who he's in love with; judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people. Take a cool, appraising glance at his pals.

-- Cynthia Heimel (American Writer)

The records of adopted children are sealed in California. That seal is considered inviolable... The judge ruled that, because I was famous, he didn't have the same rights as other kids.

-- Danielle Steel (American Novelist)

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

-- Maria Monk (Canadian Celebrity)

I elect to stay on the soil of which I was born and on the plot of ground which I have fairly bought and honestly paid for. Don't advise me to leave, and don't add insult to injury by telling me it's for my own good; of that I am to be the judge.

-- Robert Purvis (American Activist)

One of the things that we're all struggling with is how to judge the quality of the value-added experience of an educational course or year. I don't think it's impossible to do that, but it's difficult.

-- Roy Romer (American Politician)

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. This is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.

-- Warren E. Burger (American Judge)

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

-- Luther Burbank (American Environmentalist)

I can never read this book, just like I can never see a movie that I wrote a screenplay for. I can read it and see it physically, but I can't accurately judge it. I'm too close to it. If I read it ten times I'll have ten different reactions.

-- Richard Price (Welsh Philosopher)

I don't judge others. I say if you feel good with what you're doing, let your freak flag fly.

-- Sarah Jessica Parker (American Actress)


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