Definition of Civil authority
1. Noun. A person who exercises authority over civilian affairs.
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Literary usage of Civil authority
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"civil authority replaces ecclesiastical. was at work, and first of all in the Church. Eugenius IV triumphed before Louis XI, or Edward IV, or Ferdinand of ..."
2. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"To transfer the allegiance of the human spirit from clerical to civil authority was roughly speaking the effect of the movement of the sixteenth century, ..."
3. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1869)
"The existing civil authority in all its other departments, legislative, executive, and judicial, is left untouched. There is no provision, even under the ..."
4. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1906)
"... to the civil authority. The principle of the parity of the clergy was strictly adhered to. ... civil authority ..."
5. The Reformation by Williston Walker (1873)
"Secondly, the power of coercion that was given to the civil authority subverted freedom in religious opinion and worship. How is it, then, that Calvinism is ..."
6. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut [1636-1776] by Connecticut, Connecticut General Assembly, James Hammond Trumbull, Charles Jeremy Hoadly, Council of Safety (Conn.). (1874)
"... That the civil authority and selectmen in each town, or the major part of them, shall inspect and visit all such unlawful schools or seminaries of ..."
7. History of the Discovery and Settlement of the Valley of the Mississippi: By by John Wesley Monette (1848)
"Efforts made by Persons clothed with civil Authority to embarrass General Wilkinson, and to protect the Conspirators.—Burr utterly circumvented in the ..."