noun, plural au·thor·i·ties.
Origin of authority
Synonyms for authority
Related Words for authorityjurisdiction, force, rule, government, judge, law, expert, pizzazz, right, weight, influence, clout, supremacy, juice, say-so, prerogative, esteem, zap, might, strength
Examples from the Web for authority
Contemporary Examples of authority
You get these high-profile people that go into prison, and the staff abuse their authority.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’
January 6, 2015
But the authority of his name far exceeds that of our own, famous or obscure though we be.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Only two senators opposed the resolution, which the administration later claimed was the authority for a full-scale war.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Too moderate and the more radical groups call you a snitch, jeopardizing your standing and authority at demonstrations.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
There is the will of the people; the resolve of the political class; the courage of the media; and the authority of the courts.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of authority
No man ventured to interfere with this lawful exercise of his authority.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
From that moment on, no Jew dared to question the authority of Moses.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
So this part of my restraint was doubtless a stretch of the authority given him.
It was unspeakably humiliating to be told that she had overstepped her authority.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
But it was always my notion, that children should not dispute their parents' authority.
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.