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It is a hallmark of our administration that...
  a distinctive characteristic or attribute

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a mark on a sellable item to indicate its quality — especially a mark used in some countries to indicate the purity of a precious metal
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hallmark hallmarks hallmarked hallmarking
Strongly Associated with:   landmark
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  • It is a hallmark of our administration that...
  • Justice Breyer described Miranda rights as a "hallmark of American justice."
  • Our brand name is a hallmark of excellence.
  • I had sustained no external hallmark by my term of imprisonment, and I am vain enough to believe that the evil which I did had not a separate existence in my face.
    E. W. Hornung  --  Raffles

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  • "The warped perception of time is a hallmark of trauma," he said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • There’s a gas station, a TCBY, a Chinese restaurant that once made Elody sick for two days, and a random Hallmark store where you can buy pink glittery ballerina figurines and snow globes and crap like that.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • The hallmarks of an extremely pragmatic killer.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She didn’t have the heavy hallmarks of incarceration on her, even though this was not her first time down—in fact she was a violator, which made sense because she was a junkie.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • You would never mistake one of her cards for a Hallmark, but I have never seen cards more heartfelt.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The words were like a Hallmark card, but the tone was new to him.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia

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  • It featured the hallmarks of most pre-school literature: repetition, some kind of annoying rhyming, and bold-faced scientific lies.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • It is a hallmark of my stunning naïveté that I thought I might even be able to sell it, if I had to.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • No, Maureen’s behavior has all the hallmarks of a vampire gone feral.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I’ll tell you …. I’ll tell you something …. unhappiness is the hallmark of virtue.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • For I see now that what I have done, and not done, with regard to you, bears all the hallmarks of the failings of age.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The group had finally concluded that energy conversion was the hallmark of life.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Archie’s voice was gentle with assurance, the old gentleness they all recognized as Archie’s hallmark when he was sailing high, wide and handsome.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • (He extends his portfolio) We have here damning evidence, the corpus delicti, my lord, a specimen of my maturer work disfigured by the hallmark of the beast.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "It gives us the hallmark of the murderer," I said.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Not exactly the hallmark of a nice guy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • In short, in the precise situation that should have been the honorable hallmark of mankind, namely work, the worker was turned into a beast of burden.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And if you do this, you are treading on the ground of craziness—a place where false impressions have all the hallmarks of reality.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • It is the necessary hallmark of a man who wants to do anything in teaching.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Dan Gunn, his best friend and probably the best medic north of Miami, said it was an unhealthy practice and the hallmark of an alcoholic.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Every Saturday, there’d be a morning prayer meeting at the Atkins house in the Highland Dwellings public housing project that would adjourn to the streets, and Phillip and his father would go door to door proselytizing and passing out The Watch lower, hallmark ot the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It bore none of the hallmarks of a robbery or assault or anything like that.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Literacy is the hallmark of neither generals nor heroes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Now they crowded over the fan like a gaggle of hens, exclaiming and pointing out to one another hallmarks that Snow Flower had told them about over the years.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • If we live, we do not carry these hallmarks down through the ages.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Consider lynching, the Klan’s hallmark sign of violence.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • This [161] bent toward perfectionism is a Keene hallmark and a prime reason she has enjoyed such a successful career.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • This confidence was a hallmark of all my brother’s girlfriends, at least while they still considered themselves as such.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Outlined against the blue were the unchanged hallmarks of Schiahorn, Green Towers, and Dorfberg—Joachim’s eyes rested on them.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Other languages are the qualifications of waiters and commercial travellers: Greek is to a man of position what the hallmark is to silver.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Basically, we fight against two features which are the hallmarks of African life in South Africa and which are entrenched by legislation which we seek to have repealed.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • Consequently nothing can really shake the confidence of the public in the Lord Chamberlain’s department except a remorseless and unbowdlerized narration of the licentious fictions which slip through its net, and are hallmarked by it with the approval of the Throne.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Despite oral sulfatriad tablets and, later, at Ghosh’s insistence, injection of precious penicillin into his buttocks, scarlet streaks (which were the hallmark of streptococcal infection) showed at his wrist, and the epitrochlear lymph node behind the elbow became as big as a golf ball.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • "Hallmark," said Ford.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • (As long as I didn’t blow the crust.) It’s the difference between a Hallmark e-card and a handwritten letter.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • There were Hallmark cards for bereavement, for loss of a beloved pet, for getting laid off from a job, but no one seemed to have the right words of comfort for someone whose son had just killed ten people.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Where’d you learn to talk Hallmark?
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Sophocles uses the heart to mean the center of emotion within the body, as do Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, Marvell, Hallmark …. all the great writers.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She walked out of the Hallmark store with a greeting card she forgot to pay for, setting off all the alarms, which scared her.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Then we just stood there, both of us stacking meat products, for a second, until I decided we were on the verge of a Hallmark moment and had to take action.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • There are no Hallmark cards for breaking up with friends.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • Touching sentiments sent her way had always been emblazoned with Hallmark greeting card logos.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • He receives a Hallmark card signed by both of his parents, a check for one hundred dollars, a navy blue cotton sweater from Filene’s.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Have you been reading Hallmark cards again? I thought.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • I could have said it all right there, all the Hallmark kinds of things that I felt I should say to my mother, words of support and solidarity and comfort.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • There seems to be a misconception, especially among those couples who’ve yet to have kids, that the first year of a child’s life resembles a Hallmark commercial, complete with cooing babies and smiling, calm parents.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
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