imprimatur was our Word of the Day on 12/04/2015. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Finally, the Trump presidency itself provides white supremacists with the imprimatur of legitimacy.
Chris gave our fusty old magazine a Millennial imprimatur, a bigger budget, and an insider’s knowledge of social media.
Bashing The Times, craving its imprimatur Trump & Friends, the president's favorite show, loves bashing the mainstream press but reveled in a full-page ad taken out by Fox in The New York Times.
More ambitious places, such as Kenya and Ghana, crave the imprimatur of the European Union and respected American outfits, notably the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and the Carter Centre.
In 2000, the Supreme Court blessed official ratfcking with a constitutional imprimatur.
HBO's domestic drama Big Little Lies has the imprimatur of two major movie stars, a classy pedigree and above all shrewd insights about the ways in which society pits women against one another.
The home run hitter, the slugger, is the most magical archetype in sports, a Brobdingnagian figure, imprimatur of strength, giant of deed.
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.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'imprimatur.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
IMPRIMATUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imprimatur for English Language Learners
: official approval
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up imprimatur? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).