authority etymology

English word authority comes from Latin augeo (exalt, praise) and later Latin auctoritas (influence, authority, prestige)

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Detailed word origin of authority

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
augeo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I exalt, praise. I enlarge, spread, expand. I exaggerate. I honor, enrich. I increase, augment. I lengthen.
auctus Latin (lat) Ample. Enlarged. Enriched.
auctor Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) one who gives increase (hence: an originator, causer, doer, founder). (figuratively) authorship, agency, encouragement. (poetic) the Creator, God. Author. Seller, vendor.
auctoritas Latin (lat) Influence, authority, prestige, reputation. Influential person. Legal title. Power conferred, decree, order, rights, command. Responsibility, opinion, judgment. Sanction, political sanction. Support, backing. Warrant.
auctorité Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
autorite Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
authority English (eng) (countable) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.. (uncountable) The power to enforce rules or give orders.. (used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.. Government-owned agency which runs a revenue-generating activity.

Words with the same origin as authority

Descendants of augeo
auction august author authorization authorize auxiliary