#48. Rubric


(letters – 6 | syllables – 2 )
(scrabble score – 10)

  1. |noun| an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure
  2. |noun| an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text.
  3. |noun| directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book)
  4. |noun| | a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
  5. |noun| a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
  6. |noun| category name
  7. |verb| Adorn with ruby red color.

(Wolfram Alpha)

  • “Centuries ago, whenever manuscript writers inserted special instructions or explanations into a book, they put them in red ink to set them off from the black used in the main text. (They used the same practice to highlight saints’ names and holy days in calendars, a practice which gave us the term red-letter day.) Ultimately, such special headings or comments came to be called rubrics, a term that traces back to ruber, the Latin word for “red.” While the printing sense remains in use today, rubric also has an extended sense referring to any class or category under which something is organized. “


Origin and Etymology of. :

c. 1300, “directions in religious services” (often in red writing), from Old French rubrique, rubriche “rubric, title” (13c.), from Latin rubrica “red ochre, red coloring matter,” from ruber, from PIE root *rudhro- (see red). Meaning “title or heading of a book” is from early 15c. Related: Rubrical


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