So far, the U.S. has sanctioned 31 Russian individuals and one Russian bank.
In the nine other cases, the sanctioned regimes usually became more repressive, more undemocratic, and more destabilizing.
The incident occurred at, of all places, a conference on domestic violence, sanctioned by the Saudi royal family.
Secondly, the alleged plan was not sanctioned by legitimate Muslim scholars.
The judge who convicted Magnitsky after he died, Igor Alisov, was also sanctioned Tuesday.
They could not be enforced, but were sanctioned by Parliament in 1621.
Every public body, civil and religious, sanctioned the resistance.
The excuse might be perfectly valid in some cases, but it often sanctioned a serious error.
He did not believe for a moment that Paul would have sanctioned it.
In hill parlance a woodscolt signifies one whose birth has been sanctioned by no prior rites of matrimony.
early 15c., "confirmation or enactment of a law," from Latin sanctionem (nominative sanctio) "act of decreeing or ordaining," also "decree, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of sancire "to decree, confirm, ratify, make sacred" (see saint (n.)). Originally especially of ecclesiastical decrees.
1778, "confirm by sanction, make valid or binding;" 1797 as "to permit authoritatively;" from sanction (n.). Seemingly contradictory meaning "impose a penalty on" is from 1956 but is rooted in an old legalistic sense of the noun. Related: Sanctioned; sanctioning.