The problem was that its punchline contained a certain four-letter word beginning with the letter that designates a failing grade.
There must be the sentence of death written upon that which Scripture designates as "the old man."
He designates the Igigi as belonging to heaven, the Anunnaki as belonging to the earth.
The indefinite article a (or an) designates an object as merely one of a general class or kind.
Why may not this man be the same whom Diodorus designates satrap of Cappadocia?
The mystic wisdom of Philo designates as seals the eternal cosmic thoughts which come to expression in things.
Sometimes it designates our sensations; at another, the exciting cause of our sensations.
All are doctors or designates or holders of some decoration.
And you whom he designates, I command you, in the name of the King, to surrender peaceably.
Herbert Spencer designates "the control exercised by public sentiment over conduct at large" as "irresistible."