Synonyms of sanction in English:
2 the scheme has the sanction of the court
authorization, consent, leave, permission, authority, warrant, license, dispensation, assent, acquiescence, agreement, approval, approbation, endorsement, accreditation, ratification, validation, blessing, imprimatur
verbBack to top
A rare Janus word that means both one thing and its opposite, or antonym. A sanction is the endorsement or approval of a course of action— I sanction this plan—and also (usually plural) coercive measures designed to oppose a course of action: The UN imposed sanctions on Iraq. Other examples of words with diametrically opposed meanings are cleave—to separate forcefully, and to adhere or cling to—and oversight—supervision, the act of watching over, and failure to notice, the act of overlooking.Jean Strouse
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia