Lines of authority are clear; leaders are respected and feared.
A judge dismissed the case a week later, saying, “Federal court only has authority of actual cases and controversies.”
I walked in thinking these were signs of authority and tradition, of an outer protective layer.
But on Tuesday Putin asked the council to repeal the authority it had given him and on Wednesday it did just that.
In truth there is more and earlier evidence for the authority of the bishop of Rome than The Invention of Peter provides.
On the same ground might the authority of all elective political and other posts be questioned.
I used what authority I could, while I was there; but I fear he has been left to his fate since.
Timberellus is explained, a small whale, on the authority of Skene, Vocab.
The authority of fashion is imperative as to everything which it touches.
He was a great conservationist and an authority on the wild life of America.
early 13c., autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument," from Old French auctorité "authority, prestige, right, permission, dignity, gravity; the Scriptures" (12c.; Modern French autorité), from Latin auctoritatem (nominative auctoritas) "invention, advice, opinion, influence, command," from auctor "master, leader, author" (see author (n.)).
Usually spelled with a -c- in English till 16c., when it was dropped in imitation of the French. Meaning "power to enforce obedience" is from late 14c.; meaning "people in authority" is from 1610s. Authorities "those in charge, those with police powers" is recorded from mid-19c.