What does Magistrate mean?
Definitions for Magistrate
ˈmædʒ əˌstreɪt, -strɪtmag·is·trate
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Magistrate.
a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)
A judicial officer with limited authority to administer and enforce the law. A magistrate's court may have jurisdiction in civil or criminal cases, or both.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A man publickly invested with authority; a governour; an executor of the laws.
Etymology: magistratus, Latin.
They chuse their magistrate!
And such a one as he, who puts his shall,
His popular shall, against a graver bench
Than ever frown’d in Greece. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
I treat here of those legal punishments which magistrates inflict upon their disobedient subjects. Decay of Piety.
a person clothed with power as a public civil officer; a public civil officer invested with the executive government, or some branch of it
Etymology: [L. magistratus, fr. magister master: cf. F. magistrat. See Master.]
A magistrate is an officer of the state; in modern usage the term usually refers to a judge. This was not always the case; in ancient Rome, a magistratus was one of the highest government officers and possessed both judicial and executive powers. Today, in common law systems, a magistrate has limited law enforcement and administration authority. In civil law systems, a magistrate might be a judge in a superior court; the magistrates' court might have jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases. A related, but not always equivalent, term is chief magistrate, which historically can denote a political and administrative officer.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
maj′is-trāt, n. a person entrusted with the power of putting the laws in force: a justice of the peace.—n. Mag′istracy, the office or dignity of a magistrate: the body of magistrates.—adj. Mag′istral, magisterial: specially prescribed or made up, as a medicine: effectual.—n. (fort.) the guiding line determining the other positions: a special preacher in Spanish cathedrals, &c.—n. Magistrand′, an arts student ready to proceed to graduation, at Aberdeen.—adj. Magistrat′ic. [O. Fr.,—L. magistratus, magister.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Magistrate' in Nouns Frequency: #1441
Anagrams for Magistrate »
The numerical value of Magistrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Magistrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of Magistrate in a Sentence
The magistrate started pulling the bull by the horns, that lady worked hours and hours and hours, and if anybody deserves the credit in this thing, it's Judge Sally Shushan.
The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true by the philosopher, as equally false and by the magistrate, as equally useful.
It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate.'
The victim is 10 years old but may be one or two years older, the stepfather has been arrested and is in jail. The victim has been given counseling and necessary medical care, and her statement was recorded before a magistrate.
On a phony pretext from a highly political magistrate who they hand-picked late in the evening just days before the break-in and trampled upon my rights and civil liberties as if our country that we love so much were a third world nation, we’re like a third world nation.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for Magistrate
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for Magistrate »
Find a translation for the Magistrate definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"Magistrate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 30 Mar. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Magistrate>.
Discuss these Magistrate definitions with the community:
We're doing our best to make sure our content is useful, accurate and safe.
If by any chance you spot an inappropriate comment while navigating through our website please use this form to let us know, and we'll take care of it shortly.
You need to be logged in to favorite.