What does the word authority mean?

Usage examples for 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) by Leopold von Ranke
  2. Will people not be satisfied when order is cared for by authority, i. – The Ego and His Own by 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 by Algernon Blackwood