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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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. authority(n)

    Synonyms:
    dominion, jurisdiction, authorization, right, prestige, influence, ascendency, supremacy, precedent, justification, warrant, permission, sanction, permit, license, warranty, credibility, reliability, trustworthiness

    Associated words:
    purview

How to pronounce authority?

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How to use authority in a sentence?

  1. Craig Reedie:

    The situation as WADA sees it is very clear, we do not have that authority, all we can do is declare somebody non-compliant with the code and it is up to our stakeholders to take advice.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    If you strive to become a really good leader, then you should know these Top Ten Differances between "Boss" and "Leader": 1. The boss drives people (nuts); while the leader coaches them. 2. The boss depends upon and survives on authority; the leader on good will. 3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. 4 .The boss always says ‘I’; the leader says ‘we.’ 5. The boss says to subordinates ‘Get here on time’; the leader gets there ahead of time. 6. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. 7. The boss knows how it is done; the leader shows how it can be done in a better manner. 8. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work an enjoyable game. 9. The boss says ‘Go’; the leader says ‘Let’s go.’ 10. The boss justifies or lays blame – the leader takes responsibilit and accountability.

  3. Stanley Milgram:

    The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.

  4. Sami Abu Zuhri:

    The attempts of the Palestinian Authority and the occupation to drive a wedge between the people and the resistance have failed.

  5. Elmer Davis:

    One of the things that is wrong with America is that everybody who has done anything at all in his own field is expected to be an authority on every subject under the sun.


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