power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence.
the power to mold public opinion
authority implies power for a specific purpose within specified limits.
granted the authority to manage her estate
jurisdiction applies to official power exercised within prescribed limits.
the bureau having jurisdiction over parks
control stresses the power to direct and restrain.
you are responsible for the students under your control
command implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience.
the army officer in command
sway suggests the extent of exercised power or influence.
the empire extended its sway over the region
dominion stresses sovereign power or supreme authority.
given dominion over all the animals
Examples of authority in a Sentence
The boss is not popular but his authority is unquestioned.
She has an air of authority.
Her southern accent lent authority to her performance.
We reported the incident to hospital authorities.
Local authorities are investigating the accident.
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Middle English autorite, auctorite, borrowed from Anglo-French autorité, auctorité, borrowed from Latin auctōritāt-, auctōritās "right of ownership, sanction, approval, the power to authorize or sanction, convincing force of an utterance or appearance," from auctōr-, auctor "originator, creator, authority" + -itāt-, -itās-ity — more at author entry 1