noun: authority; noun: auth.; plural noun: authorities
  1. 1.
    the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.
    “he had absolute authority over his subordinates”
    synonyms: power, jurisdiction, command, control, charge, dominance, rule, sovereignty, supremacy

    “a rebellion against those in authority”
    • the right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another.
      “military forces have the legal authority to arrest drug traffickers”
      synonyms: authorization, right, power, mandate, prerogative, license, permission More

      “the authority to arrest drug traffickers”
    • official permission; sanction.
      “the money was spent without congressional authority”
  2. 2.
    a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere.
    “the health authorities”
    synonyms: officials, officialdom;

    government, administration, establishment;
    informalthe powers that be
    “they failed to report the theft to the authorities”
  3. 3.
    the power to influence others, esp. because of one’s commanding manner or one’s recognized knowledge about something.
    “he has the natural authority of one who is used to being obeyed”
    *It is important to study the true meaning of a word, and the ever more popular word “authority” is a great case in point. Notice that “obedience” and “obey” are key components. In too many cases the term “the authorities” has now replaced the use of “public servants”, and it is obvious in which direction that this will lead.
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