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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
The current president has further hastened the arrival of a world beyond truth, providing the imprimatur of the highest office to falsehood and conspiracy.
Evangelical groups are now pressing lawmakers to reach a solution, giving the issue the imprimatur of one of the most important constituencies in the conservative coalition.
Collins said this language means no art – paintings, prints, watercolors – may be sold without the court’s imprimatur.
The victory provides an imprimatur of public support for Mr. Putin’s efforts to challenge the U.S. and its allies abroad in Ukraine and Syria and undermine them at home through various clandestine means.
The presidential imprimatur can also reap its own rewards.
Despite the imprimatur of Republican presidents like Reagan and George W. Bush, democracy promotion was never universally supported on the right.
In 2013, the site entered a partnership with The Atlantic, giving it a coveted imprimatur of respectability.
In many of these crowded races the party imprimatur can give candidates a meaningful way to stand out.
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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.
clean bill of health, pat on the back;
IMPRIMATUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imprimatur for English Language Learners
: official approval
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