See also: autorita


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Borrowed from Latin auctōritātem, accusative of auctōritās, derived from auctor.


  • IPA(key): /au̯.to.riˈta/, [äu̯t̪or̺iˈt̪ä]
  • Rhymes: -a
  • Hyphenation: au‧to‧ri‧tà


autorità f (invariable)

  1. (uncountable) authority (power to enforce rules or give orders)
  2. (in the plural) authorities (bodies that have power and control in a particular sphere)
  3. Extended meanings:
    1. prestige, influence
      • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto IV, lines 112–114, page 61:
        Genti v'eran con occhi tardi e gravi, ¶ di grande autorità ne' lor sembianti: ¶ parlavan rado, con voci soavi.
        People were there with solemn eyes and slow, of great authority in their countenance; they spake but seldom, and with gentle voices.
    2. An authoritative testimony or claim
    3. An influential example
    4. (rare) A quote from a literary work.
    5. authority (person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject)

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Further readingEdit

  • autorità in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana



autorità f (plural autoriteies)

  1. authority