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canon

[ kan-uh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF canon

Synonyms for canon

  • precept
  • tenet
  • assize
  • catalogue
  • command
  • commandment
  • criterion
  • declaration
  • decree
  • dictate
  • doctrine
  • dogma
  • formula
  • law
  • list
  • maxim
  • order
  • ordinance
  • principle
  • regulation
  • roll
  • screed
  • standard
  • statute
  • table
  • touchstone
  • yardstick
  • decretum
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Antonyms for canon

  • disorganization
  • lawlessness
  • unbelief
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CANON

The other canon shook his head in dismay at such arrant folly.

Before the time of the Maccabees there was no canon of sacred books.

But Eliza was so afraid of her uncle the canon's fruit that I dared her to take some; and we did.

Napoleon looked at his uncle the canon with indignation and denial on his face.

No one has come in through the door except you and your uncle the canon.

Why, Napoleon, you did not dare to even touch the pears of your uncle the canon.

Who is it that has taken the fruit from the basket of your uncle the canon?

Well, and is your uncle the canon's garden more sacred than any one else's garden?

The income of their uncle, the canon, was hardly sufficient for the family's needs.

If I had it (his canon), I would put it into print in his honour, for the use of all men.

WORD ORIGIN

"church law," Old English canon, from Old French canon or directly from Late Latin canon "Church law," in classical Latin, "measuring line, rule," from Greek kanon "any straight rod or bar; rule; standard of excellence," perhaps from kanna "reed" (see cane (n.)). Taken in ecclesiastical sense for "decree of the Church." General sense of "standard of judging" is from c.1600. Related: Canonicity.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CANON

code

nounlaw, rule
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  • codex
  • constitution
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  • custom
  • digest
  • discipline
  • ethics
  • etiquette
  • manners
  • maxim
  • method
  • regulation
  • system

convention

nounpractice, tradition
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