• WordNet 3.6
    • n authority official permission or approval "authority for the program was renewed several times"
    • n authority the power or right to give orders or make decisions "he has the authority to issue warrants","deputies are given authorization to make arrests","a place of potency in the state"
    • n authority 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"
    • n authority an authoritative written work "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
    • n authority an administrative unit of government "the Central Intelligence Agency","the Census Bureau","Office of Management and Budget","Tennessee Valley Authority"
    • n authority an expert whose views are taken as definitive "he is an authority on corporate law"
    • n authority (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others "the authorities have issued a curfew"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The local authority The local authority
The Author The Author
The author doing a little washing on his own account The author doing a little washing on his own account
"His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority." "His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority."
The author reads his work to the people in the salon The author reads his work to the people in the salon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: MS-DOS was originally calle QDOS and was bought of the author by Microsoft for a small fee. The rest is history
    • Authority A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book.
    • Authority A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent.
    • Authority Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
    • Authority Justification; warrant.
    • Authority 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."
      "By what authority doest thou these things ?"
    • Authority Testimony; witness.
    • Authority That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.
    • Authority 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Author Robert May considered the names of Reginald and Rollo before he settled on "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer."
    • n authority Power or admitted right to command or to act, whether original or delegated: as, the authority of a prince over subjects and of parents over children; the authority of an agent to act for his principal. In law, an authority is general when it extends to all acts, or all connected with a particular employment, and special when confined to a single act.
    • n authority The power derived from opinion, respect, or long-established reputation; influence conferred by character, office, station, mental superiority, or the like; credit: as, the authority of age or example; the authority of Aristotle.
    • n authority Power in a general sense.
    • n authority A person or persons, or a body, exercising power or command: generally in the plural: as, the civil and military authorities. The outward marks of authority; especially, the expression of authority in the countenance.
    • n authority That to which or one to whom an appeal or reference may be made in support of any opinion, action, or course of conduct. Testimony; witness; that which or one who testifies.
    • n authority Weight of testimony; credibility: as, a historian of no authority; “authority of the Scriptures,”
    • n authority One who possesses adequate knowledge of a subject, and whose opinions or statements may be relied on; an expert; a standard author or his writings: as, an authority in matters pertaining to geology.
    • n authority In law, a precedent; a judicial decision; an official declaration or opinion, such as ought to be followed in similar cases.
    • n authority Justification; countenance; warrant.
    • n authority Synonyms Rule, dominion, government; warrant, permission, authorization.
    • n authority Influence, Authority, Ascendancy, Control, Sway, Domination, may all apply to persons or things, but seem primarily to belong to persons. Influence and authority imply moral power; the others may do so, and are considered to do so here. The words are arranged in the order of their strength. Influence may be small; it is wholly apart from the power of office; the word expresses the extent to which one affects the conduct or character of others simply by their deference to him on account of his station, wealth, ability, character, etc. Authority is, in this connection, influence amounting to a recognized right to command: as, the authority of age, wisdom, experience. It is presumably rightful, while the other words often express undue or unwholesome weight or power. Ascendancy is overmastering influence, supremacy by influence; the word is often used in a bad sense: as, the ascendancy of cunning over simplicity. Control is complete or successful and continued authority: as, his control over the convicts was maintained without resort to force. Sway is, by its derivation, control over that which may be viewed as a weighty or massive object; hence, a solid or powerful or controlling influence. Domination, as it may be an absolute and tyrannical rule, may also be an absolute and tyrannical influence or ascendancy: as, he was really under the domination of those whom he thought his servants or tools.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Bible was written by over 40 authors over a period of 1500 years
    • n Authority awth-or′it-i legal power or right: power derived from office or character: weight of testimony: permission
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  • Leonard H. Robbins
    Leonard H. Robbins
    “How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority!”
  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.”
  • Jean Paul
    “No author can be as moral as his work and no preacher as pious as his sermons.”
  • Tim Hansel
    Tim Hansel
    “Necessity is the author of change.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “From where can your authority and license as a parent come from, when you who are old, do worse things?”
  • John Dryden
    “He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. autorite, auctorite, F. autorité, fr. L. auctoritas, fr. auctor,. See Author (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. auctoritatem, auctoritas, auctor.


In literature:

Certain authors may be distinguished by the title of LITERARY BOBADILS, or fighting authors.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
As an author, Milton's protest has great force.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
Do we become acquainted with these characters by what they say and do; by what the author says of them; or by what they say of one another?
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
It has been a point of honor with me not to republish an English story, nor a translation from a foreign author.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
By K. WALISZEWSKI, Author of "The Romance of an Empress," "The Story of a Throne.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The authorities sent a message to Capt.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Ritson, however, by prefixing the letters "J. D." to the original stanza would seem to point to a different author.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Authors, reading by single authors and groups, 74-76; spoilers of books, 40.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Is not the name of the author commonly uppermost in the mind of the searcher?
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
But it found the royal authority reduced to insignificance and treated with open contempt.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird

In poetry:

Salute each person with a cheerful air,
With courtesy to thy superiors bow,
Authority, and hoary age revere,
And due submission to thy betters show.
"Advice, To Have One's Conversation and Demeanour Always According To The Rules Of The Gospel" by Rees Prichard
"Men nudge each other - thus - and say,
'This certainly is SHAKESPEARE'S son,'
And merry wags (of course in play)
Cry 'Author!' when the piece is done.
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Author of life! when death's cold hand
Is gently on our eyelids pressed,
May sorrowing children round us stand,—
The children whom our cares have blessed.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions VII" by John Pierpont
"We wish to know if you 've white men,
Or ‘niggers,’ for we've come for them!
We're authorized to take them now—
Two thousand doll's are ours, we vow."
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Not heav'n or earth, or any human pow'r,
Authority, or angel from the sky,
Can hinder pray'r, at any time or hour,
From holding conference with Christ on high.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Thou God of mercy! consolation's Sire!
Thou author of my health, my chief delight!
Hear an afflicted sinner's warm desire,
Who begs for aid, and favour in thy sight!
"Another On The Same Subject " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Andrew Cuomo and, from left, John Koelmel of NY Power Authority, Gil Quiniones, president and CEO NY Power Authority and Ken Pokalsky of the Business Council of NYS.
SALEM — A city man who authorities say owes more than $22,000 in overdue child support has been arrested by authorities.
The 31-year-old, who disappeared on Sunday, turned up at NYC's JFK airport Thursday night, and was picked up by Port Authority Police, authorities told ABC News.
The airport authority has agreed to buy the Days Inn hotel, which has about 145 rooms, for about $800,000, said Tory Richardson, executive director with the airport authority.
Jane Yolen, Author, Adam Stemple, Author.
Colorado authorities arrest author Philip Greaves, who is charged with distribution of obscene material in Florida.
Scholastic says it plans to publish "Year of the Jungle," an autobiographical picture book by US author Suzanne Collins, author of the "Hunger Games" books.
Linda Williams, Author, Megan Lloyd, Illustrator, Eileen Spinelli, Author, illus.
James Howe, Author, Melissa Sweet, Author, Melissa Sweet, Illustrator Avon Books $3.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-380-71191-8.
Ronson, the author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, wraps The Psychopath Test around the research of Robert Hare, a Canadian psychologist who is the authority on psychopaths and co-author of Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work.
Rob Bell, Author, Don Golden, Author Zondervan Publishing Co mpany $19.99 (218p) ISBN 978-0-310-27502-2.
Writers Hilary Mantel (l.), author of 'Bring Up the Bodies,' and Will Self (r.), author of 'Umbrella,' are considered the frontrunners for the Man Booker Prize.
John Munson/The Star-Ledger Port Authority deputy executive director Bill Baroni, left, and chairman David Samson greet each other before a Port Authority meeting in this file photo from August 2011.
The owners of at least 163 Luzerne County properties substantially damaged by September flooding are expected to receive buyout offers, county Flood Protection Authority Executive Director Jim Brozena said during Tuesday's authority meeting.
Author Carlos Fuentes attends a cocktail for authors at La Milanesiana 2008 held at Sala Buzzati on July 09, 2008 in Milan, Italy.

In science:

As shown in a series of papers by Otto and the first author [GO10a, GO10b], and the first author [Gl10], there are three contributions to the L2 -error in probability between the true homogenized coefficients and its approximation.
Quantitative version of Kipnis-Varadhan's theorem and Monte-Carlo approximation of homogenized coefficients
To see this, assume that every publication has only one author, and at each step, when a publication is born, connect its author to the new one with an edge.
A random model of publication activity
Note that some of the listed works contain references therein that credit the original discoveries made by authors unlisted in this table. a 2 WN stars were co-discovered by Mauerhan et al. (2009) and Shara et al. (2009); so we only count 39 WRs from the latter author.
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
Also excluded were any papers that had been authored by any of the authors of this paper.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
Some of the results of Colbourn, Horsley and Wang [15, 16] for v1 ≡ 5 (mod 6) were independently obtained by the authors of the present paper, using exactly the same approach; however, their results were submitted for publication before the present authors became aware of their work.
Generalized packing designs