Synonyms of authority in English:


See US English definition of authority

See UK English definition of authority

See Spanish definition of autoridad


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 Law 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