On the same ground might the authority of all elective political and other posts be questioned.
I used what authority I could, while I was there; but I fear he has been left to his fate since.
Timberellus is explained, a small whale, on the authority of Skene, Vocab.
The authority of fashion is imperative as to everything which it touches.
He was a great conservationist and an authority on the wild life of America.
The "Law of Manu" can lose its authority where it is favorable to women!
You are expected on all occasions to uphold the authority of me, your queen.
For this cause ought the woman to have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
The reader will notice that I have made great use of its authority in the preceding narrative.
Rules are accepted from custom and enforced by authority and force.
authority early 13c., autorite "book or quotation that settles an argument," from O.Fr. auctorité (12c.; Mod.Fr. autorité), from L. auctoritatem (nom. auctoritas) "invention, advice, opinion, influence, command," from auctor "master, leader, author" (see author). Usually spelled with a -c- in English till 16c., when it was dropped, in imitation of the French. Meaning "power to enforce obedience" is from late 14c.; meaning "people in authority" is from 1610s. Authorities "those in charge, those with police powers" is recorded from mid-19c.