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authority figure

noun
1.
a person whose real or apparent authority over others inspires or demands obedience and emulation:
Parents, teachers, and police officers are traditional authority figures for children.
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Examples from the web for authority figure
  • If you study a pack of dogs, the first authority figure is the mom, and the mom does pin the puppies down.
  • Even today, the teacher is still an authority figure.
  • Most prison movies have a monster authority figure, and so does this film.
  • Untrained for such contingencies, this would-be authority figure wants to perform properly but simply has no idea of what to do.
  • And this reliance on a single authority figure extended outwards.
  • Hysteria needs a doctor or theorist, an authority figure who can give it a compelling name and narrative.
  • No authority figure-no teacher or administrator-dares correct him.
  • If any human authority figure was caught planting evidence, he'd be arrested.
  • For lots of folks, apparently, it is simply unthinkable that morality doesn't require some authority figure.
  • The faculty member is inevitably an authority figure.
authority figure in Medicine

authority figure au·thor·i·ty figure (ə-thôr'ĭ-tē, ô-thôr'-)
n.
A real or projected person in a position of power.

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