Authority (from the Latin auctoritas) is a right conferred by recognized social position. Authority often refers to power vested in an individual or organization by the state. Authority can also refer to recognized expertise in an area of academic knowledge. An Authority (capitalized) refers to a governing body upon which certain authority (with lower case a) is vested.
Famous quotes containing the word authority:
“Authority is not a quality one person has, in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.”
—Erich Fromm (19001980)
“I believe Im a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my lifeever.”
—Bill Clinton (b. 1946)
“There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.”
—Oscar Wilde (18541900)