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authority

au·thor·i·ty

authority

 
pronunciation:
tho rih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: authorities
definition 1: the right, power, or ability to give orders, make decisions, or demand or compel obedience.
As the principal, she has the greatest amount of authority in this school.A judge has the authority to perform marriages.The army overthrew the government and seized all authority.
synonyms:
command, control, mastery, power
similar words:
dominion, jurisdiction, rule, say, sovereignty, strength, sway
definition 2: (usu. pl.) those who have this right or power by law.
The criminal evaded the authorities.
synonyms:
law
similar words:
agent, arm, cops, officials, police, power
definition 3: a source of expert information or opinion.
Ask your uncle; he's an authority on European history.She thinks she's an authority on everything!
synonyms:
expert
similar words:
ace, bible, master, maven, pundit, reference, specialist
definition 4: force of execution; mastery.
The book is written with great authority.He spoke with such authority that everyone believed him.
synonyms:
force, mastery
similar words:
command, power, strength
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