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seal

(1) An embossed impression created by a metal die pressed upon paper.A notary public seal, a corporate seal,or a government agency seal are all proof that the signature of that person is genuine and authorized,because they would not otherwise have access to the embosser to create the seal.(2) Originally,an impression made in wax upon a contract.It took the place of reciting consideration, having a signature, or having witnesses for the contract. Today, some statutes allow certain symbols,such as the initials “l.s.”to take the place of a seal,transforming a standard contract into one “under seal.”Where still recognized, contracts under seal may have a longer statute of limitations than others.

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The secrets have been revealed, the seal of the confessional broken.
Fraser's central thesis is that there was a plot dreamt up by a small group of desperadoes, a plot strenuously opposed by the handful of priests who knew of it, but whose ability to act against it was hobbled by the circumstances of their gaining that knowledge -- they were bound by the seal of the confessional. That there was a plot was known to the government for some time, but the details only became clear when Francis Tresham told his brother-in-law Lord Monteagle about it.
* Direct violation of the seal of the confessional;