authority (n.) Old form(s): authoritie
authoritative influence, dictatorial opinion
E3 II.i.444[Warwick to Countess] An evil deed, done by authority, / Is sin and subornation [i.e. taking advantage of one's position]
Ham IV.ii.16[Hamlet to and of Rosencrantz] a sponge ... that soaks up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities
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