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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
So Keller dropped his application and moved forward without the Alliance’s imprimatur.
While public pressure forced the WCF to remove its official imprimatur from a WCF conference in Moscow in 2014, the event effectively went off without a change, and the slate of speakers remained largely identical.
Experiments in cloud seeding such as 1967’s Project Popeye, in which American planes dropped 47,409 cannisters of silver iodide on Vietnam and Laos with negligible results, have also added our distinctive imprimatur to the planet’s atmosphere.
From Town & Country Real Estate of the Hamptons—currently listing a $15 million beachfront property in Sagaponack—to Town & Country Realty on Deland, Florida's New York Avenue, brokers invoke the T&C imprimatur to move their units.
And the award imprints them with a permanent imprimatur of greatness.
One includes what to the GOP base is something akin to a sacred imprimatur: a photo of Mango receiving his West Point diploma from President Reagan.
Turns out, the imprimatur of the magazine cover, more than the actual film, made an actress eligible for the lucrative world of contracts and endorsements.
Religious leaders seek government backing, and governments use the imprimatur of religion to justify killing.
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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.
Synonymsapprobation, blessing, favor, approval, OK (or okay)
Antonymsdisapprobation, disapproval, disfavor
Related Wordsbacking, cachet, endorsement (also indorsement), finalization, formalization, homologation, nod, ratification, rubber stamp, sanction, support, thumbs-up, vote; benediction, goodwill; acceptation, accession, agreement, assent, concurrence, consent; countenance, liking, satisfaction
Near Antonymsrefusal, rejection, repudiation; dislike, dissatisfaction; censure, condemnation, criticism, denunciation, deprecation, depreciation, disparagement, opprobrium, reprehension, reproach, reprobation
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