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Examples of imprimatur in a Sentence
He gave the book his imprimatur.
could not begin the project without the boss's imprimatur
Recent Examples of imprimatur from the Web
This gang, named after the Russian special forces, seeks the imprimatur of an actual Russian biker gang that, unlike their American brethren, doesn't settle for tearing up small towns along the California coast.
Conservatives rejected this plan, saying that the big changes promised for the out years might never materialize while the propping up of the existing law in the meantime would only give it the further imprimatur of Republican support.
Another buzzy Silicon Valley name is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose operations acumen and cultural imprimatur could serve Uber well.
Certainly film noir vamps and Gothic black widows were not strangers to the screen back then, and the attempt by some commentators to slap a neofeminist imprimatur on this film strikes me as being more wishful thinking than reality.
Being published by Steidl provides a commercial photographer with an imprimatur of seriousness, and can have substantial consequences on a career.
Most tantalizing is talk of a Bannon-Ailes tie-up, which might combine Mercer money, Breitbart base, Trump imprimatur — and Fox News talent.
In the past, the Office of Management and Budget tried to limit EOs to things that required its legal imprimatur.
That’s probably the front-runner here, with its Pixar imprimatur and cute little sandpiper birds.
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Did You Know?
Imprimatur means "let it be printed" in New Latin. It comes from Latin imprimere, meaning to "imprint" or "impress." In the 1600s, the word appeared in the front matter of books, accompanied by the name of an official authorizing the book's printing. It was also in the 1600s that English speakers began using imprimatur in the general sense of "official approval." The Roman Catholic Church still issues imprimaturs for books concerned with religious matters (to indicate that a work contains nothing offensive to Catholic morals or faith), and there have been other authorities for imprimaturs as well. For example, when Samuel Pepys was president of the Royal Society, he placed his imprimatur on the title page of England's great scientific work, Sir Isaac Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, in 1687.
IMPRIMATUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imprimatur for English Language Learners
: official approval
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