Definition of canonicity in US English:



  • The fact or status of being canonical.

    ‘established standards of canonicity’
    • ‘Its canonicity would later be acknowledged by the Eastern Church in the seventh century C.E.’
    • ‘What does it mean to canonize a previously marginal playwright whose works we find valuable because, among other things, they call into question the notion of canonicity?’
    • ‘This essay deals partly with issues of canonicity, partly with a critical evaluation of the work of the late poet Ted Joans and demands for his inclusion in the canon of African American writing.’
    • ‘I rely, then, on James's canonicity to give my reading of The Golden Bowl leverage as a critique of major theoretical alignments of abstraction and emotion, of aestheticism and real life, both emotional and political.’
    • ‘We also recommend for this subject Glenn Miller's ongoing series on canonicity, which studies the impact of the OT canon model upon the NT canon formation.’
    • ‘Given the practical limits on the size of books, most introductory texts in biblical studies emphasize either extensive work with the text itself or thorough introduction to issues of authorship, date, canonicity, and the like.’
    • ‘First, on the score of canonicity, it demonstrates how the work of canon-making is a volatile venture explicitly committed to the business of national culture.’
    • ‘The Tempest is a text which in its canonicity culturally institutionalizes a false history of Africans and emburdens them with a false sense of cultural inferiority.’
    • ‘There are consequences of canonicity in music: just as people in the history of art books are also the ones whose works we see in museums, so also do we hear more musical performances of people in the history of music books.’
    • ‘How they conceived of this source, I shall argue, determined the particular way in which, in their view, canonicity resisted translation.’
    • ‘Since canonicity could be adjudged only by these effects, no translator could reliably instruct readers on why the work under translation could be deemed important.’
    • ‘The Merwin canon can be read as an elegy for canonicity, as a poetic investigation of extinction in which the language of elegy itself is one of the most endangered species.’
    • ‘The Women of St. Mark's thought their own life histories and productivity rendered irrelevant or moot the questions of access, representation, canonicity, and literary history that feminists raised.’
    • ‘And of his (more informal) conditions for canonicity, one was that the work had to be difficult in such a way that compelled effort from its reader.’
    • ‘‘As far as I can tell,’ Reed Way Dasenbrock offers, ‘few of us eschew aesthetic evaluation in the way we should if we truly accepted the critique of canonicity itself in the way we claim’.’
    • ‘R. Laird Harris thus argues not only for the full canonicity of the book of Daniel but also its inclusion among the prophetic books in the most ancient Hebrew collections.’
    • ‘In the broader circles of art historical discussion today the discursive covers of predetermined canonicity and aesthetic grandeur no longer have the cachet they once did, hence their ideological usefulness has partly dissipated.’
    • ‘To be sure, as our epigraphs suggest, this is not the first time that the issue of canonicity in the domain of law and literature has been raised.’
    • ‘The concept of canonicity derives mainly from Christianity, and in Buddhism identifies not divinely inspired literature but those writings that are thought to be ‘the word of the Buddha’.’
    • ‘Yet such license was an admission that no translation could furnish a true sense of the original author's style, of the individuating attributes by which the author's canonicity was to be determined.’