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How many Catholic schools do you think teach the students to question the authority of the Pope? Do you believe Christian schools teach students to question or challenge the authority of Jesus Christ? Do military schools teach the cadets to challenge the authority.
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Meaning of "authority" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD AUTHORITY

From French autorité, from Latin auctōritas, from auctorauthor.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF AUTHORITY

authority  [ɔːˈθɒrɪtɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF AUTHORITY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Authority is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES AUTHORITY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Authority

The word authority is derived from the Latin word auctoritas, meaning 'invention', 'advice', 'opinion', 'influence', or 'command'. In English, the word authority can be used to mean power given by the state or by academic knowledge of an area. When the word Authority is used in the name of an organization, this name usually refers to the governing body upon which such authority is vested; for example, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Definition of authority in the English dictionary

The first definition of authority in the dictionary is the power or right to control, judge, or prohibit the actions of others. Other definition of authority is a person or group of people having this power, such as a government, police force, etc. Authority is also a position that commands such a power or right.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH AUTHORITY


anteriority
ænˌtɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ
anti-authority
ˌæntɪɔːˈθɒrɪtɪ
celebrity
sɪˈlɛbrɪtɪ
charity
ˈtʃærɪtɪ
clarity
ˈklærɪtɪ
exteriority
ɪkˈstɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ
inferiority
ɪnˌfɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ
integrity
ɪnˈtɛɡrɪtɪ
interiority
ɪnˌtɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ
majority
məˈdʒɒrɪtɪ
maturity
məˈtjʊərɪtɪ
minority
maɪˈnɒrɪtɪ
popularity
ˌpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ
pretty
ˈprɪtɪ
priority
praɪˈɒrɪtɪ
security
sɪˈkjʊərɪtɪ
seniority
ˌsiːnɪˈɒrɪtɪ
sonority
səˈnɒrɪtɪ
sorority
səˈrɒrɪtɪ
supermajority
ˌsuːpərməˈdʒɒrɪtɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AUTHORITY

authoring
authorisable
authorisation
authorise
authoriser
authorish
authorism
authoritarian
authoritarianism
authoritative
authoritatively
authoritativeness
authorities
authorizable
authorization
authorize
authorized
authorized capital
Authorized Version
authorizer

WORDS THAT END LIKE AUTHORITY

Advertising Standards Authority
aperture priority
Atomic Energy Authority
aviation authority
Civil Aviation Authority
ethnic minority
Financial Services Authority
Greater London Authority
Health Authority
homeland security
in the majority
local authority
local education authority
Palestinian National Authority
port authority
shutter priority
simple majority
superiority
tax authority
unitary authority
water authority

Synonyms and antonyms of authority in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AUTHORITY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «authority» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of authority

Translation of «authority» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AUTHORITY

Find out the translation of authority to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of authority from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «authority» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

权威
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

autoridad
570 millions of speakers

English

authority
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अधिकार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

السلطة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

власть
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

autoridade
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কর্তৃপক্ষ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

autorité
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pihak berkuasa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Behörde
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

権威
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

권한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Panguwasa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thẩm quyền
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அதிகாரிகள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अधिकारी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yetkililer
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

autorità
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Instytucja
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

влада
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

autoritate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αρχή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

owerheid
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

myndighet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

myndighet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of authority

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AUTHORITY»

The term «authority» is very widely used and occupies the 4.651 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AUTHORITY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «authority» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «authority» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about authority

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10 QUOTES WITH «AUTHORITY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word authority.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I can write with authority only about what I know well, which means that I end up using surface details of my own life in my fiction.
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Richard Ben-Veniste
Well, our statute provides us with authority to conduct a very broad inquiry basically to provide an investigation of 9/11 that's thorough, complete and will withstand the scrutiny of history.
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Bruno Bettelheim
Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect.
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Ken Blanchard
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
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Neal Boortz
How many Catholic schools do you think teach the students to question the authority of the Pope? Do you believe Christian schools teach students to question or challenge the authority of Jesus Christ? Do military schools teach the cadets to challenge the authority.
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Allen Boyd
Though no one wants war, Congress needed to give the President the authority he needs to protect America while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations to try and arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem.
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Anne Bradstreet
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
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Wilfred Burchett
It was necessary to bluff the Japanese camp commanders, with whatever authority I could muster, that I had come officially to ensure that the surrender terms were being complied with and that living conditions for the POWs were being immediately improved.
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Morris Raphael Cohen
To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained can accept the results of science only on authority.
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Diana DeGette
By giving the FDA adequate resources and authority to both prevent outbreaks and intervene once they appear, we can support the administration's efforts to reassure the parents of America that the food they feed their children is the product of the safest system in the world.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AUTHORITY»

Discover the use of authority in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to authority and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View
These experiments came under heavy criticism at the time but have ultimately been vindicated by the scientific community. This book is Milgram′s vivid and persuasive explanation of his methods.
Stanley Milgram, 2009
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Spiritual Authority
The chapters in this volume on the nature of Spiritual Authority are drawn from a series of messages delivered by the great Chinese preacher-teacher, Watchman Nee, during a training period for Christian workers in China in 1948.
Watchman Nee, 1972
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The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the ...
And why should citizens obey its commands? This book examines theories of political authority, from the social contract theory, to theories of democratic authorization, to fairness- and consequence-based theories.
Michael Huemer, 2012
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Command Authority
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of the modern day thriller returns with his All-Star team.
Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney, 2013
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Authority
In selecting key readings for this volume Joseph Raz concerns himself primarily with the moral aspect of political authority, choosing pieces that examine its justification, determine who is subject to it and who is entitled to hold it, and ...
Joseph Raz, 1990
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Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework
In Democratic Authority, David Estlund offers a groundbreaking alternative based on the idea that democratic authority and legitimacy must depend partly on democracy's tendency to make good decisions.
David M. Estlund, 2009
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Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global ...
The book consists of three parts. The first, "Assembling the National," traces the emergence of territoriality in the Middle Ages and considers monarchical divinity as a precursor to sovereign secular authority.
Saskia Sassen, 2008
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Authority: Construction and Corrosion
What is authority? How is it constituted? How ought one understand the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) relations between authority and coercion? Between authorized and subversive speech?
Bruce Lincoln, 1995
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I Give You Authority: Practicing the Authority Jesus Gave Us
"--J.I. Packer This popular book from respected leader Charles H. Kraft shows believers how to exercise the authority they have from God through Jesus Christ.
Charles H. Kraft, 2012
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The Believer's Authority: What You Didn't Learn in Church
Andrew Wommack, host of the #1 fastest growing ministry on television, reveals the spiritual significance of choices, words, and actions.
Andrew Wommack, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AUTHORITY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term authority is used in the context of the following news items.
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Even the lawyers now have lawyers at the embattled Port Authority
The Port Authority's top lawyer, his deputy and at least one staff attorney are among 15 people whose legal bills are being paid by the agency ... «NJ.com, Jul 15»
2
West Midlands Combined Authority launches official plans
A vision detailing how the region's new combined authority will work has been published today. Council leaders have unveiled the new ... «Birmingham Post, Jul 15»
3
Attorney for Wallington firefighter allegedly punched by Port …
More details have emerged about the June 20 fistfight in which a Port Authority police officer allegedly “sucker punched” a volunteer firefighter ... «NorthJersey.com, Jul 15»
4
Diversion critic Piepkorn to join Diversion Authority
FARGO – City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, who has not been shy about his deep distrust of the Diversion Authority, has been nominated to ... «INFORUM, Jul 15»
5
Weather Authority Forecast: Warm & Muggy Monday... Rain Tuesday
From FOX 2 Weather Authority Derek Kevra: The hazy sunshine look will stick around today as high temps climb between 85 and 90 degrees. «MyFox Detroit, Jul 15»
6
Coders nudge Port Authority toward open data
The chief technology officer of the Port Authority hopes to make more of the agency's data available to outside developers, in part inspired by a ... «Capital New York, Jul 15»
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Hanover Finance directors settle with Financial Markets Authority for …
However, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) says it made the best possible decision for investors, who could have ended up with nothing. «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
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“People and Planet First”: On the Moral Authority of Climate Justice …
Here is the prepared text of Naomi's statement. Other speakers included Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chair of Working Group III of the ... «BillMoyers.com, Jul 15»
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BJP accused of 'brazenness' and 'misusing authority' to influence …
"If at all, brazenness in accountability, blatant misuse of authority and bulldozing over people has become its hall mark.” Probe: The Congress ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
10
McBride hearing postponed over chairperson's authority
Pretoria - Suspended Independent Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride has spent his birthday on Monday listening to a ... «News24, Jul 15»

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