anonymous authority

anonymous authority

A tool of persuasion in which the invoked authority is not specifically named, making it impossible to confirm whether the authority is an expert.
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This has seen a noticeable shift in style, away from the traditional and largely anonymous authority of the museum to a more accessible curatorial voice that invites and encourages the personal engagement of the visitor through carefully planned and presented interpretation.
VILLAIN OF WEEK THE anonymous authority who draft laws.