Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AUTER-FOITS-AQUIT – AU'THOR-SHIP
AUTER-FOITS-AQUIT, n. [Law Fr.]
The plea of a former acquittance.
AUTER-FOITS-ATTAINT, n. [Law Fr.]
The plea of former attaint.
AUTER-FOITS-CONVICT, n. [Law Fr.]
The plea of former conviction.
AU-THEN'TIC, or AU-THEN'TIC-AL, a. [Fr. authentique; It. and Sp. autentico; Low L. authenticus; from the Gr. αυθεντικος, from αυθεντης, an author or maker; one who does any thing by his own right; also one who kills himself. The first syllable is from αυτος, which is probably from the root of author, auctor; and the sense of self-murderer seems to indicate that the other constituent of the word is from θενω, θεινω, to kill, but the primary sense of which is, to strike, to drive or thrust with the hand, &c. In the word before us, the sense is to throw, or to set; hence authentic is set, fixed, made or made certain by the author, by one's own self.]
- Having a genuine original or authority, in opposition to that which is false, fictitious, or counterfeit; being what it purports to be; genuine; true; applied to things; as an authentic paper or register.
- Of approved authority; as an authentic writer.
In an authentic manner; with the requisite or genuine authority. – Brown.
The quality of being authentic; genuineness; the quality of being of good authority; authenticity. [The latter word is generally used.] – Barrow.
To render authentic; to give authority to, by the proof, attestation, or formalities, required by law, or sufficient to entitle to credit. The king serves only as a notary to authenticate the choice of judges. – Burke.
Rendered authentic; having received the forms which prove genuineness.
Giving authority by the necessary signature, seal, attestation or other forms.
The act of authenticating; the giving of authority by the necessary formalities.
Genuineness; the quality of being of genuine original; as, the authenticity of the Scriptures.
Authenticity. [Rarely used.]
AU'THOR, n. [L. auctor; Ir. ughdar; W. awdur; Fr. auteur; Sp. autor; It. autore. The Latin word is from the root of augeo, to increase, or cause to enlarge. The primary sense is one who brings or causes to come forth.]
- One who produces, creates, or brings into being; as, God is the author of the universe.
- The beginner, former, or first mover of any thing; hence, the efficient cause of a thing. It is appropriately applied to one who composes or writes a book, or original work, and in a more general sense, to one whose occupation is to compose and write books; opposed to compiler or translator.
To occasion; to effect. [Not used.]
A female author.
Pertaining to an author. – Ed. Rev.
- Having due authority. – Pearson.
- Having an air of authority; positive; peremptory. – Wotton.
In an authoritative manner; with a show of authority; with due authority.
The quality of being authoritative; an acting by authority; authoritative appearance.
AU-THOR'I-TY, n. [L. auctoritas.]
- Legal power, or a right to command or to act; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children. Power; rule; sway.
- The power derived from opinion, respect or esteem; influence of character or office; credit; as, the authority of age or example, which is submitted to or respected, in some measure, as a law, or rule of action. That which is claimed in justification or support of opinions and measures.
- Testimony; witness; or the person who testifies; as, the Gospels or the evangelists are our authorities for the miracles of Christ.
- Weight of testimony; credibility; as, an historian of no authority.
- Weight of character; respectability, dignity; as, a magistrate of great authority in the city.
- Warrant; order; permission. By what authority doest thou these things? – Matth. xxi. Acts ix.
- Precedents, decisions of a court, official declarations, respectable opinions and sayings, also the books that contain them, are called authorities, as they influence the opinions of others; and in law, the decisions of supreme courts have a binding force upon inferior courts, and are called authorities.
- Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the states. – Marshall. 1 Pet. iii. In Connecticut, the justices of the peace are denominated the civil authority.
The act of giving authority, or legal power; establishment by authority.
AU'THOR-IZE, v.t. [Fr. autoriser; Sp. autorizar.]
- To give authority, warrant or legal power to; to give a right to act; to empower; as, to authorize commissioners to settle the boundary of the state.
- To make legal; as, to authorize a marriage.
- To establish by authority, as by usage, or public opinion; as, an authorized idiom of language.
- To give authority, credit or reputation to; as, to authorize a report, or opinion.
- To justify; to support as right; as, suppress desires which reason does not authorize.
Warranted by right; supported by authority; derived from legal or proper authority; having power or authority.
Giving authority to, or legal power, credit, or permission.
AU'THOR-SHIP, n. [author and ship.]
The quality or state of being an author. – Shaftesbury.