imprimatur

noun
im·​pri·​ma·​tur | \ˌim-prə-ˈmä-ˌtu̇r, im-ˈpri-mə-ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r \

Definition of imprimatur 

1a : a license to print or publish especially by Roman Catholic episcopal authority

b : approval of a publication under circumstances of official censorship

2a : sanction, approval

b : imprint

c : a mark of approval or distinction

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Synonyms & Antonyms for imprimatur

Synonyms

approbation, approval, blessing, favor, OK (or okay)

Antonyms

disapprobation, disapproval, disfavor

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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.

Examples of imprimatur in a Sentence

He gave the book his imprimatur. could not begin the project without the boss's imprimatur

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The endorsement ahead of Tuesday’s runoff was the latest example of how Trump has become more emboldened in offering his imprimatur on a number of Republican contests — despite being burned in a bitter Alabama Senate campaign last year. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump flexing his political muscles with GOP endorsements," 23 July 2018 Feehan has the imprimatur of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Live results for Minnesota primary elections," 14 Aug. 2018 Incumbent Senate Democrats Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Bill Nelson, and Claire McCaskill would have had better odds of hanging on to their seats had the party given a bipartisan imprimatur to more of Trump’s initiatives. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The lesson of the midterms: resistance works," 7 Nov. 2018 The Russian security official said the country’s fan clubs aren’t under the Kremlin’s control, but many critics say the Marseille events shed a light on the quasi-official imprimatur many Russian fans clubs carry. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia Gives Soccer Hooligans the Boot at World Cup," 4 July 2018 Trump’s aides and associates see Kardashian’s celebrity imprimatur as crucial and alluring to the president. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The Democratic establishment strikes back in California, New Jersey and other primaries," 6 June 2018 Trump's aides and associates see Kardashian's celebrity imprimatur as crucial and alluring to the president. chicagotribune.com, "Trump fixates on pardons, could soon give reprieve to 63-year-old woman after meeting with Kim Kardashian," 5 June 2018 But last month, for the first time, a state judge added the imprimatur of a judicial ruling to the chorus of voices clamoring for reform, lending momentum to those who want to abolish the practice. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Judge Says New York’s Bail Law Treats Poor Unfairly," 11 Feb. 2018 Only the fourth, a quite beautiful, arcing strike from Denis Cheryshev, did not bear his imprimatur. Rory Smith, New York Times, "For Russia, Five Goals and One Big Sigh of Relief," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of imprimatur

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for imprimatur

New Latin, let it be printed, from imprimere to print, from Latin, to imprint, impress — more at impress

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imprimatur

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English Language Learners Definition of imprimatur

: official approval

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