I. GENERAL INTERSOCIAL VOLITION
(Implying the action of the will of one mind over the will of another)
[Antonyms: laxity (absence of authority).]
[Nouns] authority; influence, patronage, power, preponderance, credit, prestige, prerogative, jurisdiction; right (title) [more].
divine right, dynastic rights, authoritativeness; absoluteness, absolutism; despotism; jus nocendi; jus divinum.
command, empire, sway, rule; dominion, domination; sovereignty, supremacy, suzerainty; lordship, headship; chiefdom; seigniory, seigniority; mastery, mastership, masterdom; government (direction) [more]; dictation, control.
reign, regime, dynasty; directorship, dictatorship; protectorate, protectorship; caliphate, pashalic, electorate; presidency, presidentship; administration; proconsul, consulship; prefecture; seneschalship; magistrature, magistracy.
empire; monarchy; kinghood, kingship; royalty, regality; aristarchy, aristocracy; oligarchy, democracy, demagogy; heteronomy; republic, republicanism; socialism; collectivism; mob law, mobocracy, ochlocracy; vox populi, imperium in imperio; bureaucracy; beadledom, bumbledom; stratocracy; military power, military government; feodality, feudal system, feudalism.
thearchy, dinarchy; duarchy, triarchy, heterarchy; duumvirate; triumvirate; autocracy, autonomy; limited monarchy; constitutional government, constitutional monarchy; home rule; representative government; monocracy, pantisocracy.
gynarchy, gynocracy, gynaeocracy; petticoat government.
state, realm, body politic, posse comitatus.
[Acquisition of authority] accession; installation [more].
be at the head of; hold office, be in office, fill an office; hold master, occupy master, a post master, be master [more].
rule, sway, command, control, administer; govern (direct) [more]; lead, preside over, reign, possess the throne, be seated on the throne, occupy the throne; sway the scepter, wield the scepter; wear the crown.
have the upper hand, get the upper hand, have the whip, get the whip; gain a hold upon, preponderate, dominate, rule the roost; boss [U.S.]; override, overrule, overawe; lord it over, hold in hand, keep under, make a puppet of, lead by the nose, turn round one's little finger, bend to one's will, hold one's own, wear the breeches; have the ball at one's feet, have it all one's own way, have the game in one's own hand, have on the hip, have under one's thumb; be master of the situation; take the lead, play first fiddle, set the fashion; give the law to; carry with a high hand; lay down the law; "ride in the whirlwind and direct the storm" [Addison]; rule with a rod of iron (severity) [more].
ascend the throne, mount the throne; take the reins, take the reins into one's hand; assume authority, take the reins of government; take command, assume the command.
be governed by, be in the power of.
[Adjectives] ruling; regnant, at the head, dominant, paramount, supreme, predominant, preponderant, in the ascendant, influential; gubernatorial; imperious; authoritative, executive, administrative, clothed with authority, official, departmental, ex officio, imperative, peremptory, overruling, absolute; hegemonic, hegemonical; arbitrary; compulsory [more]: stringent.
regal, sovereign; royal, royalist; monarchical, kingly; imperial, imperiatorial; princely; feudal; aristocratic, autocratic; oligarchic; republican, dynastic.
at one's command; in one's power, in one's grasp; under control; authorized (due) [more].
at one's pleasure; by a dash if the pen, by a stroke of the pen; ex mero motu; ex cathedra.
"a dog's obeyed in office" [Lear]; cada uno tiene su alguazil; le Roi le veut; regibus esse manus en nescio longas; regnant populi; "the demigod Authority� [Measure for Measure]; "the right divine of kings to govern wrong" [Pope]; "uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" [Henry IV].