From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jurist \Ju`rist\, n. [F. juriste, LL. jurista, fr. L. jus,
   juris, right, law. See Just, a.]
   One who professes the science of law; one versed in the law,
   especially in the civil law, such as a judge, lawyer, or
   legal scholar; a writer on civil and international law.
   [1913 Webster]

         It has ever been the method of public jurists to draw a
         great part of the analogies on which they form the law
         of nations from the principles of law which prevail in
         civil community.                         --Burke.
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