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in the name of something

also in something's name
in order to do or become something In the name of being cool and serious, people miss out on a lot of enjoyable stuff. Are we willing to be worked to death in the name of competition?
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in the name of something

if bad things are done in the name of something, they are done in order to help that thing succeed When you think about the atrocities that have been committed in the name of religion, you start to wonder what it's all about.
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in the name of

1. By the authority of, as in Open up, in the name of the law! [Late 1300s]
2. On behalf of, as in She made a donation in her daughter's name. [Late 1300s]
3. in God's or heaven's name ; in the name of God or heaven . With appeal to, as in In the name of God, stop that noise! or What in heaven's name are you doing? [c. a.d. 900]
4. Under the designation of, as in They burned witches at the stake in the name of piety. [Late 1300s]
5. Under the possession or ownership of, as in The certificate of ownership was rightfully in my name. [Mid-1900s]
6. in one's own name. On one's own behalf, as in Mary signed the check for John in her own name. [Late 1800s]
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in the name of

1. By the authority of: Open up in the name of the law!
2. For the reason of; using as a reason: grisly experiments performed in the name of science.
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References in classic literature ?
he murmured; "if not in the name of God, at least in your own name; if not as priest, then as son.
In the name of God, under what delusion are you labouring?
Let us be gone in the name of God to bring aid to this great lady.
But, in the name of God, whatever you discover, whatever you do, tell me nothing
More than once some individual has appeared to me with such negligence of labor and such commanding contemplation, a haughty beneficiary begging in the name of God, as made good to the nineteenth century Simeon the Stylite, the Thebais, and the first Capuchins.
And think how he has been brought up--free from all the superstition and ignorance that lead men to hate one another in the name of God.