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# {{context|uncountable|lang=en}} The [[power]] to [[enforce]] rules or give orders.
 
# {{context|uncountable|lang=en}} The [[power]] to [[enforce]] rules or give orders.
#: ''I have the '''authority''' to penalise the staff in my department, but not the '''authority''' to sack them.''
 
#: ''She lost all her respect and '''authority''' after turning up drunk to the meeting.''
 
#: ''Respect my '''authority'''!''
 
 
#* '''1883''', {{w|Howard Pyle}}, ''{{w|The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood}}'' [[s:The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood/Chapter V|Chapter V]]
 
#* '''1883''', {{w|Howard Pyle}}, ''{{w|The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood}}'' [[s:The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood/Chapter V|Chapter V]]
 
#*: But in the meantime Robin Hood and his band lived quietly in Sherwood Forest, without showing their faces abroad, for Robin knew that it would not be wise for him to be seen in the neighborhood of Nottingham, those in '''authority''' being very wroth with him.
 
#*: But in the meantime Robin Hood and his band lived quietly in Sherwood Forest, without showing their faces abroad, for Robin knew that it would not be wise for him to be seen in the neighborhood of Nottingham, those in '''authority''' being very wroth with him.
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#: {{usex|lang=en|I have the '''authority''' to penalise the staff in my department, but not the '''authority''' to sack them.   She lost all her respect and '''authority''' after turning up drunk to the meeting.   Respect my '''authority'''!}}
 
# {{context|used in singular or plural form|lang=en}} Persons in command; specifically, [[government]].
 
# {{context|used in singular or plural form|lang=en}} Persons in command; specifically, [[government]].
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#*{{quote-magazine|date=2013-08-10|volume=408|issue=8848|magazine={{w|The Economist}}
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|title=[http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21583277-worlds-biggest-polluter-going-green-it-needs-speed-up-transition-can-china21583270-new-zealands-plan-regulate-designer-drugs-better-trying-ban-them-and-failing-new A new prescription]
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|passage=No sooner has a [synthetic] drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one. These “legal highs” are sold for the few months it takes the '''authorities''' to identify and ban them, and then the cycle begins again.}}
 
# {{context|countable|lang=en}} A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.
 
# {{context|countable|lang=en}} A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.
#: The world's foremost '''authority''' on orangutans.
 
 
#* '''1930''' September 18, Albert Einstein, as quoted in ''Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel'' (1988) by Banesh Hoffman
 
#* '''1930''' September 18, Albert Einstein, as quoted in ''Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel'' (1988) by Banesh Hoffman
 
#*: To punish me for my contempt of '''authority''', Fate has made me an '''authority''' myself.
 
#*: To punish me for my contempt of '''authority''', Fate has made me an '''authority''' myself.
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#: {{usex|lang=en|the world's foremost '''authority''' on orangutans}}
   
 
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English

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Etymology

Middle English autorite ‎(book or quotation that settles an argument), from Old French auctorité, from Latin stem of auctoritas ‎(invention, advice, opinion, influence, command), from auctor ‎(master, leader, author)

Pronunciation

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Noun

authority ‎(countable and uncountable, plural authorities)

  1. (uncountable) The power to enforce rules or give orders.
    • 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V
      But in the meantime Robin Hood and his band lived quietly in Sherwood Forest, without showing their faces abroad, for Robin knew that it would not be wise for him to be seen in the neighborhood of Nottingham, those in authority being very wroth with him.
    I have the authority to penalise the staff in my department, but not the authority to sack them.   She lost all her respect and authority after turning up drunk to the meeting.   Respect my authority!
  2. (used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.
    • 2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      No sooner has a [synthetic] drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one. These “legal highs” are sold for the few months it takes the authorities to identify and ban them, and then the cycle begins again.
  3. (countable) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.
    • 1930 September 18, Albert Einstein, as quoted in Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel (1988) by Banesh Hoffman
      To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.
    the world's foremost authority on orangutans

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