noun, plural au·thor·i·ties.
- authoritarian personality,
- authority control,
- authority figure,
- authority file,
Origin of authority
Examples from the Web for authorities
Late Wednesday night, French authorities reported that Mourad had surrendered to police, while the two brothers remained at large.
Did he go to the authorities to file a report against the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel?
Yet only 24 percent of the 3,892 femicides the group identified in 2012 and 2013 were looked at by authorities.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I had a feeling that Turkish authorities were closing their eyes.
Later reports say that authorities claimed to be merely escorting him back to his house arrest.
No two authorities agree as to the place of these alleged magnetic mountains.On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth|William Gilbert of Colchester
The authorities in England were continually clamoring for products to supplement the tobacco exports.Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699|Lyman Carrier
It is evident, therefore, that the authorities are at sea in regard to the signification of the Maya and Tzental names.Day Symbols of the Maya Year|Cyrus Thomas
The authorities seem to have raised no objection to his departure.The Life of George Borrow|Herbert Jenkins
Consternation ruled supreme, treason and imbecility were everywhere charged against the authorities.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane
noun plural -ties
- a judicial decision, statute, or rule of law that establishes a principle; precedent
- legal permission granted to a person to perform a specified act
Word Origin for authority
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.