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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: 'let it be printed', from imprimere; IMPRESS

imprimatur

noun
     
im‧pri‧ma‧tur [singular]
1 formal approval of something, especially from an important person
His actions have the imprimatur of the Secretary of State.
2TCNRRC technical official permission to print a book, given by the Roman Catholic Church

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