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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Au·thor·i·ty n.; pl. Authorities
 1. 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.
 Thus can the demigod, Authority,
 Make us pay down for our offense.   --Shak.
    By what authority doest thou these things ?   --Matt. xxi. 23.
 2.  Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities. [Chiefly in the plural.]
 3.  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.
 4.  That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc. Hence: (a) Testimony; witness. “And on that high authority had believed.” --Milton. (b) A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent. (c) A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book. (d) Justification; warrant.
 Wilt thou be glass wherein it shall discern
 Authority for sin, warrant for blame.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the organization that is the governing authority of a
          political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the
          matter was referred to higher authorities" [syn: government,