authority

Part of speech: noun

The right to command; power; control.

Part of speech: noun

A ruler or rulers; that which commands confidence.

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Usage examples "authority":

  1. In England the authority both of Church and State now came forward with far more strength than before. - "A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)", Leopold von Ranke.
  2. Will people not be satisfied when order is cared for by authority, i. - "The Ego and His Own", Max Stirner.
  3. All three were standing now, and her husband's voice broke in with authority while his wife's fingers touched the bell. - "The Man Whom the Trees Loved", Algernon Blackwood.