from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Official approval or license to print or publish, especially under conditions of censorship.
- n. Official approval; sanction.
- n. A mark of official approval: a directive bearing the imprimatur of high officials.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An official license to publish or print something, especially when censorship applies.
- n. Any mark of official approval.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A license to print or publish a book, paper, etc.; also, in countries subjected to the censorship of the press, approval of that which is published.
- n. Permission granted from a designated ecclesiastical authority to publish a book or other document; -- required by church law for Catholics, especially ecclesiastics, who wish to publish.
- n. Official approval for some proposed activity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Let it be printed: a formula signed by an official licenser of the press and attached to the matter so authorized to be printed.
- n. n. A license to print, granted by the licenser of the press; hence, a license in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. formal and explicit approval
An imprimatur is not guarantee of theological soundness, in reality.
The thing is, to a lot of people it's still seen as a nerd activity; while some geeky/nerdy things are now cool, others haven't been given the imprimatur from the "cool folks" yet.
However, Rome's imprimatur is required before sainthood can be declared.
The conclusion is obvious; the imprimatur was a momentary insincerity for which there must have been specific, exterior reasons.
The hymns to which he gave his imprimatur are a most important part of the public worship of his followers.
So there's obviously something in the demand for expertise, the imprimatur, which is not really about the fact that they do a good job.
What may be happening here is that the two rather learned terms imprimatur and imprint (both obviously close etymological relatives) blend in some speakers 'vocabulary, and the imprimatur > impremature substitution extends out to
Paula Lieberman @ 96: No, I meant that some people feel that self-publishing has a stigma, and that their work needs some kind of imprimatur before it merits publication.
Making Light: "No one goes around suggesting that everyone should become their own autonomous cheesemakers and cheering the death of the cheese industry. Why? Because that would result in a lot of shitty cheese."
That is precisely what unions do, and their endorsements are far from merely an "imprimatur," as Ana suggests.
In 1926 it was granted an official Catholic 'imprimatur' ie approval because it was seen as being written by 'an unknown male of the fourteenth century'.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.