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canon

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1  —as in:
a canonical requirement
Definition an official or established rule or principle; or a collection of such rules or principles (often in reference to rules or principles of a church)
  • Their actions violate the canon of proportional response.
canon = an official or established rule or principle; or a collection of such rules or principles (often in reference to rules or principles of a church)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It may be the office has helped to cover some of his canonical irregularities.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Does he consider this pamphlet of Mr. Paine's as a canonical book of political scripture?
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Have you any canonical authority for assuming that there is any barrier between our circle and the other one?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The sprinkling, and, indeed, the immersion of adults is a perfectly canonical practice.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Six was the rigid, the canonical supper-hour, but at half-past six he had not come.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It is the canonical subjection in the full force of its abnegation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The drinking of the cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • But let's think in terms of slightly more canonical sources.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • In seven canonical words, she exhorts, cajoles, commands someone—herself? me?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan

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2  —as in:
the Shakespearean canon
Definition an authoritative list of works or people — such as the complete works of an author or the saints of the Roman Catholic Church or the books a church considers sacred
  • There is much debate as to what should belong in today's literary canon; or even if such a list can have any general validity.
canon = an authoritative list of works or people — such as the complete works of an author or the saints of the Roman Catholic Church or the books a church considers sacred

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3  —as in:
played a canon
Definition a melody that, after a short interval, is exactly repeated by a different instrument or voice to create competing melodic lines (a strict counterpoint)
  • Pachelbel's Canon in D is the most relaxing music I know.
canon = a melody that, after a short interval, is exactly repeated by a different instrument or voice to create competing melodic lines (a strict counterpoint)
  • Pachelbel: "Canon in D"
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
canon = a melody that, after a short interval, is exactly repeated by a different instrument or voice to create competing melodic lines

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
Less commonly:
Different Christian denominations vary slightly in the "books of the Bible" they recognize as divinely inspired. Similar situations arise in other religions. The accepted works by any religious body could be referred to as their canon.

More rarely, canon references a dignitary attached to a cathedral, a collegiate church, or certain religious orders. It can also reference an unchanging part of a religious service in which bread and wine are consecrated for communion.

Canonization refers to the act of adding someone to the canon (list) of recognized saints of a Christian religious body.
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