authority figure


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Noun1.authority figure - someone who is regarded as an authority by someone elseauthority figure - someone who is regarded as an authority by someone else
authority - (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; "the authorities have issued a curfew"
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These kids also do not see their controlling parents as legitimate authority figures, according to a new research from the University of New Hampshire.
It voted to direct staff to review pending advertising amendments to determine how the use of authority figures in lawyer advertisements is addressed.
It turns that person into more of an authority figure and some teams could stand to have more authority figures.
We learned that abusers were most often a relative of the victim, or else a close acquaintance, often an authority figure.
A more hostile authority figure than the captain was faced when 1,800 gay boys descended on the Vatican.
In the course of deploring the Anglocentricity of The Grove Book of Art Writing and the absence from the selection of so many leading American art writers, my friend Robert Storr ["British Evasion," January] sees me in a role that doesn't altogether correspond with the facts: "David Sylvester, the grand old man of English criticism and the authority figure around whom pivots this strange dance of old-school studio artists and new-media practitioners, weighs in with nine entries.
Reed introduces hairiness as a visual sign of brutish power through his invention of a white authority figure whose name, a pun, is Harry Sam.
Gold said a super who is having trouble with an authority figure can put pressure on the building and the managing agent.
Dependent students, who are predisposed to seek help from an authority figure, will go to a professor and ask for help," he added.
Thus, while American modernists generally get short shrift--Harold Rosenberg merits only an epigraph and a mention; Clement Greenberg several mentions and five pages of text--and writers like John Updike and Calvin Tomkins make what can only be called cameo appearances, David Sylvester, the grand old man of English criticism and the authority figure around whom pivots this strange dance of old-school studio artists and new-media practitioners, weighs in with nine entries.
Whenever some authority figure would make a pronouncement, they would finish it with a side-mouthed "under the sheets" and crack themselves up.
In fact, she is given the dominant position in the play, first as the incontestable, unseen authority figure behind the stated action (giving her the equivalent of the absent male position held in earlier plays), then as the dynamic fulcrum of action, and finally as the major grantor of money (her conferral over-shadows those of the Cobb sons E.