Authority

Definition of Authority

Au`thor´i`ty
n.1.Legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court.
Thus can the demigod, Authority,
Make us pay down for our offense.
- Shak.
By what authority doest thou these things ?
- Matt. xxi. 23.
2.Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
3.The power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority.
4.That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.
Wilt thou be glass wherein it shall discern
Authority for sin, warrant for blame.
- Shak.

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