authority (n.) Old form(s): authoritie
right to command, position of power
AC II.vi.95[Enobarbus to Menas] If our eyes had authority
E3 III.i.30[King John to all, of King Edward] we hear the Emperor conjoins, / And stalls him in his own authority
KL I.iv.30[disguised Kent to Lear] you have that in your countenance which I would fain call master ... Authority
Tim II.ii.143[Flavius to Timon] I ... 'gainst th'authority of manners prayed you / To hold your hand more close [i.e. going against what good manners dictate]
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