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The United Nations flag shows its emblem. Both are types of insignia.

An insignia (Latin: īnsignia, nominative plural of insignium, "emblem, token, symbol"), plural insignias, is a symbol or token of personal power, status or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction. An insignia is usually the emblem of a specific or general authority.[1]

Legal restrictions

Official insignia are often protected by law as to allow their use only by people holding a specific office or staff members acting on behalf of such a person. Misuse, defacement and destruction of such symbols is considered an offense in many countries.[2]


  1. ^ "Insignia". Retrieved 2015-04-12. a badge or sign which shows that a person is a member of a particular group or has a particular rank 
  2. ^ "18 U.S. Code § 712 - Misuse of names, words, emblems, or insignia". LII / Legal Information Institute. September 21, 1959. Retrieved 29 November 2016. Pub. L. 86–291, § 1, Sept. 21, 1959, 73 Stat. 570; amended Pub. L. 93–147, § 1(a), Nov. 3, 1973, 87 Stat. 554; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147 


  • Pimbley, Arthur Francis (1908). Pimbley's dictionary of Heraldry. Pimbley. 
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