The position, function, or term of office of a magistrate.(noun)
A body of magistrates.(noun)
The district under jurisdiction of a magistrate.(noun)
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Use "magistracy" in a sentence
"First, "Thou shalt be so;" the reforming of the magistracy is a good step towards the reforming of the city and the country too."
"There are other things from God that are the greatest calamities; but magistracy is from God as an ordinance, that is, it is a great law, and it is a great blessing: so that the children of Belial, that will not endure the yoke of government, will be found breaking a law and despising a blessing."
"The DPP is expected to enjoy a sure-win in the legislative by-election in the Chiayi County, southern Taiwan, because the party has fielded a heavyweight candidate Chen Ming-wen, who just completed his second-term magistracy, into the poll."