Synonyms of authority in English:


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1‘he had absolute authority over his subordinates’


power, jurisdiction, command, control, mastery, charge, dominance, dominion, rule, sovereignty, ascendancy, supremacy, domination

influence, sway, the upper hand, leverage, hold, grip

informal clout, pull, muscle, teeth

North American informal drag

2‘military forces have the legal authority to arrest drug traffickers’


authorization, right, power, mandate, prerogative, licence

carte blanche

historical droit

3‘the money was spent without parliamentary authority’


authorization, permission, consent, leave, sanction, licence, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, seal of approval, approbation, endorsement, imprimatur, clearance

informal the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so

rare permit

4authorities‘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 suits, 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’


expert, specialist, professional, pundit, oracle, past master, master, maestro, doyen, adept

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