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imprimatur -- (Latin)
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  • He went into the negotiation with the imprimatur of the president to assure a veto if the clause was not changed.
  • On rare occasions, a Roman Catholic imprimatur may be overruled by a higher authority in the church.
  • It has been Cedric’s favorite word in the past two weeks-his imprimatur of coolness.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It is as if an initial culture had surrendered to the sweeping incursion of another but refused to yield its first imprimatur, proclaiming the strength of its stone over the gaudy impermanence of coloured tubes of glass.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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  • He put his arm about her shoulder while he condescended to Kennicott, "Nice lil wifey, I’ll say, doc," and when she answered, not warmly, "Thank you very much for the imprimatur," he blew on her neck, and did not know that he had been insulted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But the imprimatur of the Yankee Johnson was not potent enough to stay the course of nature, and, save in New England, the flat /a/ swept the country.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • At the end of December 2004, she and Sean would become Michael’s legal guardians, but even without the imprimatur of law Michael felt so much a part of the family that she couldn’t imagine him out of the Christmas picture.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • The young deacon, his head bowed to protect his face from the wind, replied that he saw much of the Father, had followed the evolution of his views, and believed his forthcoming pamphlet would be bolder still; indeed it might well be refused the imprimatur.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • …United States begins by discriminating his own interest, and by calculating upon those interests which may be collected around and amalgamated with it; he then contrives to discover some doctrine or some principle which may suit the purposes of this new association, and which he adopts in order to bring forward his party and to secure his popularity; just as the imprimatur of a King was in former days incorporated with the volume which it authorized, but to which it nowise belonged.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "In the ancient days of empire," he continued, "when the words of emperors and kings were translated into law the moment they spoke, the ring of the emperor was the seal of his word and carried the imprimatur of his authority.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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  • [21] Webster, though he agreed with Franklin in opposing /to advocate/, gave his /imprimatur/ to /to appreciate/ (/i. e./, to rise in value), and is credited by Sir Charles Lyell[22] with having himself invented /to demoralize/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • An imprimatur of shame.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • [16] It gives its imprimatur to /bark/ (a ship), /cipher/, /siren/, /jail/, /story/, /tire/ and /wagon/, and even advocates /kilogram/ and /omelet/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • When, on the entrance of the United States into the war, the Marine Corps chose "treat ’cause /rough/" as its motto, no one thought to raise a grammatical objection, and the clipped adverb was printed upon hundreds of thousands of posters and displayed in every town in the country, always with the imprimatur of the national government.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • …old /Boozevilles/, /Jackass Flats/, /Three Fingers/, /Hell-For-Sartains/, /Undershirt Hills/, /Razzle-Dazzles/, /Cow-Tails/, /Yellow Dogs/, /Jim-Jamses/, /Jump-Offs/, /Poker Citys/ and /Skunktowns/ have yielded to the growth of delicacy, but /Tombstone/ still stands in Arizona, /Goose Bill/ remains a postoffice in Montana, and the Geographic Board gives its imprimatur to the /Horsethief/ trail in Colorado, to /Burning Bear/ creek in the same state, and to /Pig Eye/ lake in Minnesota.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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