figure of authority

Definition of figure of authority

  1. :  a person who has authority over another person :  a person who has the power to give orders or make decisions A child needs a figure of authority in his or her life.

Word by Word Definitions

figureplay
  1. :  a number symbol :  numeral, digit

    :  arithmetical calculations

    :  a written or printed character

  1. :  to represent by or as if by a figure or outline

    :  to decorate with a pattern

    :  to write figures over or under (the bass) in order to indicate the accompanying chords

authorityplay
  1. :  power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior

    :  freedom granted by one in authority :  right

    :  persons in command


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