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Synonyms for authority
əˈθɔr ɪ ti, əˈθɒr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so(noun)

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions

    "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"

    Synonyms:
    potence, potency, government agency, potentiality, federal agency, assurance, ascendance, authorization, ascendency, control, strength, effectiveness, self-confidence, laterality, potential, say-so, self-assurance, agency, dictum, ascendancy, sanction, dominance, sureness, confidence, bureau, office, empowerment, ascendence, authorisation, mandate, pronouncement

  2. authority(noun)

    (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others

    "the authorities have issued a curfew"

    Synonyms:
    potency, assurance, dominance, self-assurance, confidence, government agency, federal agency, sanction, self-confidence, office, authorisation, authorization, bureau, agency, sureness, say-so

  3. authority(noun)

    an expert whose views are taken as definitive

    "he is an authority on corporate law"

    Synonyms:
    potency, assurance, dominance, self-assurance, confidence, government agency, federal agency, sanction, self-confidence, office, authorisation, authorization, bureau, agency, sureness, say-so

  4. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness(noun)

    freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

    "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"

    Synonyms:
    potency, pledge, sanction, dominance, assurance, authorization, trust, self-confidence, say-so, self-assurance, federal agency, agency, bureau, sureness, confidence, government agency, office, authorisation

  5. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority(noun)

    an administrative unit of government

    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

    Synonyms:
    assurance, billet, berth, means, confidence, chest of drawers, spot, bureau, delegacy, role, office staff, function, dominance, post, dresser, sanction, part, self-assurance, power, way, say-so, sureness, place, representation, government agency, agency, chest, position, business office, self-confidence, potency, authorisation, situation, office, authorization, federal agency

  6. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction(noun)

    official permission or approval

    "authority for the program was renewed several times"

    Synonyms:
    endorsement, potency, government agency, countenance, federal agency, assurance, authorization, self-confidence, warrant, say-so, self-assurance, indorsement, agency, sanction, dominance, sureness, confidence, bureau, office, imprimatur, empowerment, authorisation, mandate

  7. authority(noun)

    an authoritative written work

    "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"

    Synonyms:
    potency, assurance, dominance, self-assurance, confidence, government agency, federal agency, sanction, self-confidence, office, authorisation, authorization, bureau, agency, sureness, say-so

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. authority

    Authority unites the right and power of control; age, wisdom, and character give authority to their possessor; a book of learned research has authority, and is even called an authority. Permission justifies another in acting without interference or censure, and usually implies some degree of approval. Authority gives a certain right of control over all that may be affected by the action. There may be a failure to object, which constitutes an implied permission, tho this is more properly expressed by allowance; we allow what we do not oppose, permit what we expressly authorize. The noun permit implies a formal written permission. License is a formal permission granted by competent authority to an individual to do some act or pursue some business which would be or is made to be unlawful without such permission; as, a license to preach, to solemnize marriages, or to sell intoxicating liquors. A license is permission granted rather than authority conferred; the sheriff has authority (not permission nor license) to make an arrest. Consent is permission by the concurrence of wills in two or more persons, a mutual approval or acceptance of something proposed. Compare ALLOW.

    Synonyms:
    allowance, authorization, consent, leave, liberty, license, permission, permit

    Antonyms:
    denial, hindrance, objection, opposition, prevention, prohibition, refusal, resistance

Editors Contribution

  1. guardian

    someone who takes care of you or is in charged of you

    my guardian is the person who takes care of me

    Submitted by rinat on September 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. authority(n.)

    Synonyms:
    power, sovereignty, dominion, empire, government

  2. authority(n.)

    Synonyms:
    rule, sway, ascendency, supremacy, control, influence, interest

  3. authority(n.)

    Synonyms:
    permission, warrant, warranty, liberty, permit, precept, order, authorization, sanction

  4. authority(n.)

    Synonyms:
    witness, testimony

  5. authority(n.)

    Synonyms:
    credibility, weight of evidence

  6. authority(n.)

    Synonyms:
    respectability, dignity, weight of character

How to pronounce authority?

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Karen
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Veena
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How to say authority in sign language?

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How to use authority in a sentence?

  1. Loren Weisman:

    Nourish your audience with authentic content that highlights your authority instead of feeding them cheap click bait.

  2. Mayor Kazutaka Sangen:

    We plan to protect our fishermen, who have authority from both the nation and the local government, we believe it can become the world's main provider. I believe in 10 years our town will have changed its role in all this.

  3. Marc Firestone:

    We've never questioned Uruguay's authority to protect public health, and this case wasn't about broad issues of tobacco policy, the arbitration concerned an important, but unusual, set of facts that called for clarification under international law.

  4. Stephen Vladeck:

    His views of the President's constitutional authority would call into question at least some of the means through which a sitting president can be investigated, there's no question other investigative avenues remain, especially through Congress. But the' unitary executive' theory that Judge Kavanaugh has so often embraced is difficult to reconcile with even a somewhat-independent prosecutor within the executive branch who doesn't serve at the pleasure of the President.

  5. Jerome Kim:

    Without an authority coordinating things centrally, the only thing you can do is make people aware of the facts and the truth, and my guess is this is her solution.


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