au·thor·i·ty /əˈθɑrəti, ɔ, ˈθɔr-/
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.
n 1: the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has
the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given
authorization to make arrests" [syn: authorization, authorisation,
2: (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative)
control over others; "the authorities have issued a
3: an expert whose views are taken as definitive; "he is an
authority on corporate law"
4: 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" [syn: assurance, self-assurance,
confidence, self-confidence, sureness]
5: an administrative unit of government; "the Central
Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of
Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority" [syn:
agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau,
6: official permission or approval; "authority for the program
was renewed several times" [syn: authorization, authorisation,
7: an authoritative written work; "this book is the final
authority on the life of Milton"