Definitions for: Magistrate


[n] a public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice



Webster (1913) Definition: Mag"is*trate, n. [L. magistratus, fr. magister
master: cf. F. magistrat. See Master.]
A person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a
public civil officer invested with the executive government,
or some branch of it. ``All Christian rulers and
magistrates.'' --Book of Com. Prayer.

Of magistrates some also are supreme, in whom the
sovereign power of the state resides; others are
subordinate. --Blackstone.

Synonyms: judge, jurist, justice

See Also: adjudicator, chief justice, Daniel, doge, functionary, justice of the peace, justiciar, justiciary, official, ordinary, praetor, pretor, recorder, Samson, stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate, trial judge, trier

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