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- n. a person who exercises authority over civilian affairs
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Frankenberg with commendable fortitude, and yet in a gentle manner and with such respect for the civil authority that the cardinal brought upon himself the bitter reproaches of such unflinching zealots as the ex-Jesuits, Feller and Dedoyar.
Two years later a decree, dated 3 Messidor, Year XII, suppressing certain congregations which had come into existence in spite of the law, added a provision that the civil authority could, by decree, formally authorize such associations after having taken cognizance of their statutes.
If ever civil consequences ensue, only the civil authority can take congnizance of them.
Williams left for England, committing the civil authority to lords justices and the military command to General Ginkel.
And sir it is a well known fact, as my colleague has said, that the military is strictly subordinated to civil authority — constituted by it and ameneneable to it for every abuse of its power.
"Should the Office of Chief Magistrate Be Awarded to One Distinguished for His Military Services Rather Than to One Distinguished for His Civil Services?" Debate Speech of Perrin H. Busbee for the Dialectic Society, June 22, 1836
Spain to extirpate the heresy: There is no ground in the condemnation and death of Priscillian for the charge made against the Church of having invoked the civil authority to punish heretics.
Rom.xiii. 1 f. makes this quite plain, and proceeds to draw the inference that civil authority is theou diakonos (“a minister of God”), appointed by