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Friday, May 12, 2017

Definitions for imprimatur

  1. sanction or approval; support: Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.
  2. an official license to print or publish a book, pamphlet, etc., especially a license issued by a censor of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Citations for imprimatur
All but one would have to support the new resolution for a war to have the U.N.’s imprimatur. Philip Gourevitch, "Waging Peace," The New Yorker, March 10, 2003
The club imprimatur on a book almost inevitably guaranteed higher sales and a greater level of pulicity and book talk. Janice A. Radway, A Feeling for Books, 1997
Origin of imprimatur
The English noun imprimatur is a verb in Latin meaning “let it be stamped, marked” and in New Latin “let it be printed.” The word was originally used by the official licenser of a printing press to ratify the printing of a book. The use of imprimatur nowadays is restricted to books approved by the Roman Catholic Church.
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