Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Belonging to the canon of Scripture; lawful; accepted or approved.

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Usage examples "canonical":

  1. In the entire religious literature of Nippur, not one approximately complete canonical prayer service has survived. - "Sumerian Liturgies and Psalms", Stephen Langdon.
  2. Further, the reverend gentleman never took Michal to weddings or other entertainments, the canonical prescriptions forbidding a clergyman's daughter to dance. - "Pretty Michal", Mór Jókai.
  3. Even with the painters who are far removed from the vision and the colouring of Manet and Degas, of Monet and Renoir, one can find a very precise tendency: that of returning to the subjects and the style of the real national tradition; and herein lies one of the most serious benefits bestowed by Impressionism upon an art which had stopped at the notion of a canonical beauty, until it had almost become sterile in its timidity. - "The French Impressionists (1860-1900)", Camille Mauclair.