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authority

noun

1 authority

The power or right to give orders or make decisions:
— He has the authority to issue warrants.

synonyms: authorisation, authorization, dominance, potency, say-so.

Roget 737: authority; influence, patronage, power, preponderance, credit, prestige, prerogative, jurisdiction; right etc. (title) 924; direction ... show more

Roget 157: power; potency, potentiality; jiva; puissance, might, force, energy etc. 171; dint; right hand, right arm; ... show more

Roget 737a: government, legal authority, soveriegn, sovereign authority; authority etc. 737; master etc. 745; direction etc. 693.    [nations] ... show more

Roget 500: sage, wise man; genius; master mind, master spirit of the age; longhead, thinker; intellectual, longhair.    authority, oracle, luminary, shining light, esprit fort, ... show more

Roget 175: influence; importance etc. 642; weight, pressure, preponderance, prevalence, sway; predominance, predominancy; ascendency; dominance, reign; ... show more

Roget 467: evidence; facts, premises, data, praecognita [Lat.], grounds.    indication etc. 550; criterion etc. (test) 463.    testimony, ... show more

Roget 527: information, enlightenment, acquaintance, knowledge etc. 490; publicity etc. 531; data etc. 467.    communication, ... show more

Dutch: autoriteit, bevoegdheid, gezag



2 authority

usually plural Persons who exercise (administrative) control over others.

Dutch: macht

3 authority

An expert whose views are taken as definitive.

Polish: arbiter, augur, autorytet, ekspert, opiniotwórca, powaga, wyrocznia

4 authority

Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities:
— She spoke with authority.

synonyms: assurance, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness.

Dutch: aplomb, zekerheid, zelfbewustheid, zelfvertrouwen, zelfverzekerd, zelfverzekerdheid
Polish: pewność

5 authority

An administrative unit of government:
— Tennessee Valley Authority.

synonyms: agency, bureau, federal agency, government agency, office.

Dutch: kantoor, bureau, dienst, overheidsinstelling
Polish: agencja

6 authority

Official permission or approval:
— Authority for the program was renewed several times.

synonyms: authorisation, authorization, sanction.

Roget 760: permission, leave; allowance, sufferance; tolerance, toleration; liberty, law, license, concession, grace; indulgence etc. (lenity) ... show more

Roget 924: due, dueness; right, privilege, prerogative, prescription, title, claim, pretension, demand, birthright.    immunity, license, liberty, ... show more

7 authority

An authoritative written work.


Moby thesaurus: Admirable Crichton, acme, adept, administration, adviser, affidavit, aficionado, agency, agentship, amateur, amperage, announcer, annunciator, appurtenance, arbiter, arbiter elegantiarum, arbiter of taste, armipotence, artisan, artist ... show more.

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