(Implying the action of the will of one mind over the will of another)


[Antonyms: laxity (absence of authority).]

[Nouns] authority; influence, patronage, power, preponderance, credit, prestige, prerogative, jurisdiction; right (title) [more].

divine right, dynastic rights, authoritativeness; absoluteness, absolutism; despotism; jus nocendi; jus divinum.

command, empire, sway, rule; dominion, domination; sovereignty, supremacy, suzerainty; lordship, headship; chiefdom; seigniory, seigniority; mastery, mastership, masterdom; government (direction) [more]; dictation, control.

hold, grasp; grip, gripe; reach; iron sway (severity) [more]; fangs, clutches, talons; rod of empire (scepter) [more].

reign, regime, dynasty; directorship, dictatorship; protectorate, protectorship; caliphate, pashalic, electorate; presidency, presidentship; administration; proconsul, consulship; prefecture; seneschalship; magistrature, magistracy.

empire; monarchy; kinghood, kingship; royalty, regality; aristarchy, aristocracy; oligarchy, democracy, demagogy; heteronomy; republic, republicanism; socialism; collectivism; mob law, mobocracy, ochlocracy; vox populi, imperium in imperio; bureaucracy; beadledom, bumbledom; stratocracy; military power, military government; feodality, feudal system, feudalism.

thearchy, dinarchy; duarchy, triarchy, heterarchy; duumvirate; triumvirate; autocracy, autonomy; limited monarchy; constitutional government, constitutional monarchy; home rule; representative government; monocracy, pantisocracy.

gynarchy, gynocracy, gynaeocracy; petticoat government.

[Vicarious authority] commission [more]; deputy[more]; permission [more].

state, realm, body politic, posse comitatus.

person in authority (master) [more]; judicature [more]; cabinet (council) [more]; seat of government, seat of authority; headquarters.

[Acquisition of authority] accession; installation [more].

[Verbs] authorize (permit) [more]; warrant (right) [more]; dictate (order) [more]; have authority, hold authority, possess authority, exercise authority, exert authority, wield authority

be at the head of; hold office, be in office, fill an office; hold master, occupy master, a post master, be master [more].

rule, sway, command, control, administer; govern (direct) [more]; lead, preside over, reign, possess the throne, be seated on the throne, occupy the throne; sway the scepter, wield the scepter; wear the crown.

have the upper hand, get the upper hand, have the whip, get the whip; gain a hold upon, preponderate, dominate, rule the roost; boss [U.S.]; override, overrule, overawe; lord it over, hold in hand, keep under, make a puppet of, lead by the nose, turn round one's little finger, bend to one's will, hold one's own, wear the breeches; have the ball at one's feet, have it all one's own way, have the game in one's own hand, have on the hip, have under one's thumb; be master of the situation; take the lead, play first fiddle, set the fashion; give the law to; carry with a high hand; lay down the law; "ride in the whirlwind and direct the storm" [Addison]; rule with a rod of iron (severity) [more].

ascend the throne, mount the throne; take the reins, take the reins into one's hand; assume authority, take the reins of government; take command, assume the command.

be governed by, be in the power of.

[Adjectives] ruling; regnant, at the head, dominant, paramount, supreme, predominant, preponderant, in the ascendant, influential; gubernatorial; imperious; authoritative, executive, administrative, clothed with authority, official, departmental, ex officio, imperative, peremptory, overruling, absolute; hegemonic, hegemonical; arbitrary; compulsory [more]: stringent.

regal, sovereign; royal, royalist; monarchical, kingly; imperial, imperiatorial; princely; feudal; aristocratic, autocratic; oligarchic; republican, dynastic.

at one's command; in one's power, in one's grasp; under control; authorized (due) [more].

[Adverbs] in the name of, by the authority of, de par le Roi, in virtue of; under the auspices of, in the hands of.

at one's pleasure; by a dash if the pen, by a stroke of the pen; ex mero motu; ex cathedra.

[Phrases] the gray mare the better horse; "every inch a king" [Lear].

"a dog's obeyed in office" [Lear]; cada uno tiene su alguazil; le Roi le veut; regibus esse manus en nescio longas; regnant populi; "the demigod Authority� [Measure for Measure]; "the right divine of kings to govern wrong" [Pope]; "uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" [Henry IV].

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