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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Authority figure refers to a person who is in a position of authority over you.
American social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in his study on obedience, said: 'Ordinary people are likely to follow orders given by an authority figure, even to the extent of killing an innocent human being.
Reid followed up this tweet with another one where she said there is "no credible national authority figure." She also added President Donald Trump is definitely not an authority figure.
Rule 4-7.5 would be changed to read that an ad would be considered unduly manipulative or intrusive if it "uses an authority figure such as a judge or law enforcement officer, or an actor portraying an authority figure, to endorse or recommend the lawyer or act as a spokesperson for the lawyer."
In order to test our predictions, we compared the effect of a vicarious intergroup contact situation supported by an authority figure with a simple vicarious intergroup contact and a no contact condition on outgroup and meta-stereotype perceptions.
Writer-director Alex Gibney thought the title perfectly captured the famous psychological experiments that showed most people would inflict pain on others if an authority figure told them to do so.
The importance of an authority figure to many people is growing, not diminishing as we might hope as time goes on and society matures.
When his friend Gunnar offers him a job as a camp counselor up in the mountains, Russel sees it as a chance to escape to a place where no one will know him as "the gay kid." Camp Serenity, where he works with childhood burn survivors, gives Russel a welcome break from harassment by homophobic high school jocks, but presents its own challenges: love triangles, misunderstandings with friends, bratty ten-year-olds and the demands of Russel's first try at being an authority figure. As he works to get past his initial sense of discomfort around the burn survivors, with their visible scars and disabilities, Russel, with his less obvious scars, gains an understanding of the common ground they occupy.
"If kids know they have direct access to an authority figure," he says, "it goes a long way toward relieving their stress."
The lawyer said Walker, in his late 30s at the time of the alleged offences, was a "trusted authority figure", and his victim would often stay overnight at his home in a Leicestershire village.
The traditional authority figure was supposed to defend the community even to death.
Thus, the principal or another authority figure should calmly and confidently state that the situation is under control and/or that help is on the way (Gal, 2003).

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