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Friday, January 11, 2008

Definitions for imprimatur

  1. Official license or approval to print or publish a book, paper, etc.; especially, such a license issued by the Roman Catholic episcopal authority.
  2. Approval; sanction.
  3. A mark of approval or distinction.

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Citations for imprimatur
Vatican officials have overruled a 1994 decision by a bishop in England, ordering him to withdraw his imprimatur from a popular religious education text that had come under attack from conservatives. , National Catholic Reporter
His name was known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic; his imprimatur on a stock or bond offering could be worth millions to the firm doing the issue. H. W. Brands, Masters of Enterprise
Origin of imprimatur
1630-1640
Imprimatur is from New Latin imprimatur, "let it be printed," from imprimere, "to imprint," from Latin, from in- + premere, "to press."
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