Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) official permission or approval
  2. (noun, attribute) the power or right to give orders or make decisions
    deputies are given authorization to make arrests
    a place of potency in the state
  3. (noun, cognition) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
    after that failure he lost his confidence
    she spoke with authority
  4. (noun, communication) an authoritative written work
  5. (noun, group) an administrative unit of government
    the Census Bureau
    Office of Management and Budget
    Tennessee Valley Authority
  6. (noun, person) an expert whose views are taken as definitive
  7. (noun, person) (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others

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Alternate forms of Authority

Hyponyms: abrogator, advanced research and development activity, adviser, advisor, afisr, ai, air force, air force intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, air force isr, allocator, approver, arda, army, army intelligence, authoriser, authority figure, authorizer, ballistic missile defense organization, bja, bjs, bmdo, bureau of customs, bureau of diplomatic security, bureau of engraving and printing, bureau of intelligence and research, bureau of justice assistance, bureau of justice statistics, bureau of the census, carte blanche, casualty care research center, ccrc, cdc, census bureau, center for disease control and prevention, civil authority, civil officer, cognoscente, command, comptroller of the currency, connoisseur, consultant, counterterrorist center, ctc, customs bureau, customs service, darpa, defense advanced research projects agency, defense information systems agency, defense logistics agency, defense reutilization and marketing service, defense technical information center, department of defense laboratory system, department of energy intelligence, disa, distributor, doei, drms, ds, dtic, evaluator, executive agency, faa, fda, federal aviation agency, federal housing administration, fha, financial management service, food and drug administration, foreign service, fws, gao, government accounting office, government printing office, gpo, high priest, immigration and naturalization service, imperium, independent agency, inr, ins, internal revenue service, irs, judge, lablink, last word, law enforcement agency, liturgist, local authority, lordship, mandator, marine corps intelligence activity, master, mcia, muscle, national climatic data center, national geospatial-intelligence agency, national guard bureau, national institute of standards and technology, national institutes of health, national oceanic and atmospheric administration, national park service, national technical information service, national weather service, naval air warfare center weapons division, naval special warfare, naval surface warfare center, naval underwater warfare center, navy, nawcwpns, ncdc, nga, ngb, nih, nist, noaa, nonproliferation center, npc, nsw, nswc, ntis, nuwc, occupational safety and health administration, office of intelligence support, office of naval intelligence, ois, oni, organ, osha, pacha, pasha, patent and trademark office database, patent office, phs, power of appointment, professional, rebuker, reproacher, reprover, sovereignty, technology administration, transportation security administration, tsa, u. s. air force, u. s. army, u. s. coast guard, united states air force, united states army, united states border patrol, united states coast guard, united states fish and wildlife service, united states government accounting office, united states government printing office, united states navy, united states public health service, upbraider, us air force, us army, us border patrol, us coast guard, us fish and wildlife service, us government printing office, us navy, usa, usaf, uscb, usn, withdrawer

Hypernyms: administrative body, administrative unit, book, certainty, control, expert, individual, mortal, permission, person, somebody, someone, soul

Origin of the word Authority

  1. early 13c., autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument," from O.Fr. auctorit? (12c.; Mod.Fr. autorit?), from L. auctoritatem (nom. auctoritas) "invention, advice, opinion, influence, command," from auctor "master, leader, author" (see author). Usually spelled with a -c- in English till 16c., when it was dropped, in imit… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Authority

adored, adroit, at heart, at the ready, atherodyde, athwart, attired, attrited

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