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Meaning of RUBRIC

Pronunciation:  'roobrik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  category name; "it is usually discussed under the rubric of `functional obesity'"
  2. [n]  a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
  3. [n]  a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with; "Title 8 provided federal help for schools"
  4. [n]  an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure
  5. [n]  directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book)
  6. [n]  an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
  7. [v]  adorn with ruby red color

RUBRIC is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: gloss, statute title
 See Also: account, category, direction, explanation, head, header, heading, instruction, prescript, rubify, rule, title



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ru"bric\, n. [OE. rubriche, OF. rubriche, F. rubrique (
    cf. it. rubrica), fr. L. rubrica red earth for coloring, red
    chalk, the title of a law (because written in red), fr. ruber
    red. See {red}.]
    That part of any work in the early manuscripts and typography
    which was colored red, to distinguish it from other portions.
    Hence, specifically:
    (a) A titlepage, or part of it, especially that giving the
        date and place of printing; also, the initial letters,
        etc., when printed in red.
    (b) (Law books) The title of a statute; -- so called as being
        anciently written in red letters. --Bell.
    (c) (Liturgies) The directions and rules for the conduct of
        service, formerly written or printed in red; hence, also,
        an ecclesiastical or episcopal injunction; -- usually in
        the plural.
              All the clergy in England solemnly pledge
              themselves to observe the rubrics.   --Hook.
    (d) Hence, that which is established or settled, as by
        authority; a thing definitely settled or fixed. --Cowper.
              Nay, as a duty, it had no place or rubric in human
              conceptions before Christianity.     --De Quincey.
  2. \Ru"bric\, v. t.
    To adorn ith red; to redden; to rubricate. [R.] --Johnson.
  3. \Ru"bric\, Rubrical \Ru"bric*al\, a.
    1. Colored in, or marked with, red; placed in rubrics.
             What though my name stood rubric on the walls Or
             plaistered posts, with claps, in capitals? --Pope.
    2. Of or pertaining to the rubric or rubrics. ``Rubrical
       eccentricities.'' --C. Kingsley.