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Definition a distinctive characteristic or attribute


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
  • 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
  • The words were like a Hallmark card, but the tone was new to him.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • 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
  • It's the difference between a Hallmark e-card and a handwritten letter.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Literacy is the hallmark of neither generals nor heroes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • 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
  • "The warped perception of time is a hallmark of trauma," he said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • If we live, we do not carry these hallmarks down through the ages.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • You would never mistake one of her cards for a Hallmark, but I have never seen cards more heartfelt.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • 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
  • This 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
  • There are no Hallmark cards for breaking up with friends.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • 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

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