imprimatur imprimatur  /ˌɪm prɪ ˈmɑ tər/


  • (n) formal and explicit approval


  1. One way that the Roman Catholic Church has traditionally tried to prevent the spread of error and heresy is by the use of the imprimatur.
  2. Obama is an intelligent and thoughtful potential President, but Winfrey's imprimatur is unlikely to convey those traits to many undecided voters.
  3. In the past, I have only favored military action when it had a United Nations or NATO imprimatur, as did the first Gulf War, Kosovo and Afghanistan operations.


  • Faith and Works at Apple

    Edward Mendelson As everyone knows, the world-religion of the educated and prosperous in the twenty-first century is Apple, with its Vatican in Cupertino and its cathedrals in the light-filled Apple Stores that draw pilgrims gripping iPhones and iPads like rosaries. Apple’s flock is secured against heresy by censors who rule the online App Store; only applications with Apple’s imprimatur are ...
    on July 18, 2013     Source: New York Review of Books

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