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Synonyms of authority in English:


  • 1 he had absolute authority over his subordinates a rebellion against those in authority
  • 2 military forces have the legal authority to arrest drug traffickers
    Law , historical droit
  • 3 the money was spent without parliamentary authority
    informal the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so
    rare permit
  • 4 (authorities) the plight of the refugees was acknowledged by the authorities
    officials, officialdom, the people in charge, the government, the administration, the establishment, the bureaucracy, the system;
    the police
    informal the powers that be, the (men in) suits, Big Brother
  • 5 he has the natural authority of one who is used to being obeyed
    influence, sway, control, leverage, power, command, weight;
    reputation, standing, kudos, status, stature, prestige, gravitas, image, esteem;
    supremacy, superiority, eminence;
    rank, position, station;
    credibility, plausibility, integrity;
    acceptance, trust, faith, confidence
    informal clout, pull
    North American informal drag
  • 6 he was an authority on the stock market
    guru, sage, scholar;
    connoisseur, aficionado, one of the cognoscenti
    informal walking encyclopedia, bible, buff, boffin, ace, pro, whizz, wizard
    British informal dab hand
    North American informal maven, crackerjack
  • 7 the court cited a series of authorities supporting their decision
    source, reference, piece of documentation;
    citation, quotation, quote, excerpt, passage
  • 8 I have it on good authority that you were there
    evidence, testimony, witness, attestation, sworn statement, declaration, word, avowal, deposition, profession
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