authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so(noun)
the power or right to give orders or make decisions
"he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"
(usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
"the authorities have issued a curfew"
an expert whose views are taken as definitive
"he is an authority on corporate law"
assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness(noun)
freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
"his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"
agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority(noun)
an administrative unit of government
"the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction(noun)
official permission or approval
"authority for the program was renewed several times"
an authoritative written work
"this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
The power to enforce rules or give orders.
Persons in command; specifically, government.
A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.
The world's foremost authority on orangutans.
Origin: autorite, from auctorité, from stem of auctoritas, from auctor
legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court
government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities
the power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority
that which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc
a precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent
a book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book
Origin: [OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorit, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor. See Author, n.]
The word authority is derived from the Latin word auctoritas, meaning invention, advice, opinion, influence, or command. In English, the word authority can be used to mean power given by the state or by academic knowledge of an area. The word Authority with capital A refers to the governing body upon which such authority is vested; for example, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
awth-or′it-i, n. legal power or right: power derived from office or character: weight of testimony: permission:—pl. Author′ities, precedents: opinions or sayings carrying weight: persons in power.—adj. Author′itative, having the sanction or weight of authority: dictatorial.—adv. Author′itatively.—n. Author′itativeness. [L. auctoritatem, auctoritas, auctor.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'authority' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #514
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'authority' in Written Corpus Frequency: #697
Rank popularity for the word 'authority' in Nouns Frequency: #77
The numerical value of authority in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of authority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.
There are questions of real power and then there are questions of phony authority. You have to break through the phony authority to begin to fight the real questions of power.
I want to give our military commanders the flexibility and the authority they need to defeat the enemy, if we're going to win this fight, we need a strong robust strategy and a strong, robust authority.
How one dresses is very important, the garment is the presentation of ourselves to others. It's a world in which we have some authority. And by definition, women are considered as not having authority, as being powerless.
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- дәүләт, хөкүмәтBashkir
- познавач, власт, авторитет, властиBulgarian
- Autorität, BehördeGerman
- αρχές, αυθεντία, εξουσία, αρχήGreek
- instanco, aŭtoritatoEsperanto
- võim, asjatundjaEstonian
- viranomaiset, asiantuntija, käskyvalta, vaikutusvalta, auktoriteettiFinnish
- údarás, urlámhasIrish
- ùghdarrasScottish Gaelic
- סמכות, בר-סמכא, רשויותHebrew
- meghatalmazás, szaktekintély, hatóság, tekintéy, felhatalmazásHungarian
- 権力, 権威, 当局Japanese
- 권력자, 권력, 권능, 권위자Korean
- دهسهڵات, بهردهستیKurdish
- ыйгарым укук, кадыр, беделдүүлүк, чоңдор, түп, уруксат, кадырлуулук, бийлик, авторитет, негиз, авторитеттүүлүк, кадыр-барк, башчы, бедел, билгичKyrgyz
- AutoritéitLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- awtoritá, awtoritarju, awtoritarjaMaltese
- bevoegdheid, autoriteiten, autoriteit, gezagDutch
- autorytet, władzaPolish
- autoritate, autoritățiRomanian
- авторитет, властьRussian
- auktoritet, myndighetSwedish
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