On what authority do you make such a claim?
A city transit authority.
Deputies were given authority to make arrests.
Played the sonata with authority.
He has my authority to do it.
A corporation that provides bus service in a city is an example of a transit authority.
A philosophy scholar who publishes books is an example of an authority.
Political observers who acquire authority with age.
Biblical authorities for a moral argument.
Land titles issued by the civil authority.
A noted authority on birds; a reference book often cited as an authority.
The pianist's performance lacked authority.
A person in authority.
The world's foremost authority on orangutans.
Other Word Forms
Origin of authority
- Middle English auctorite from Old French autorite from Latin auctōritās auctōritāt- from auctor creator author
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”)