American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A class or category: "This mission is sometimes discussed under the rubric of 'horizontal escalation' . . . from conventional to nuclear war” ( Jack Beatty).
- n. A title; a name.
- n. A part of a manuscript or book, such as a title, heading, or initial letter, that appears in decorative red lettering or is otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
- n. A title or heading of a statute or chapter in a code of law.
- n. Ecclesiastical A direction in a missal, hymnal, or other liturgical book.
- n. An authoritative rule or direction.
- n. A short commentary or explanation covering a broad subject.
- n. Red ocher.
- adj. Red or reddish.
- adj. Written in red.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Red ocher; red chalk; reddle.
- n. In old manuscripts and printed books, and still sometimes in the latter, some small part distinguished from the rest of the matter by being written or printed in red, as an initial letter, a title or heading, a liturgical direction, etc.
- n. Anything of a kind which in manuscripts or books it was formerly customary to put in red, as the title of a subject or division, the heading of a statute, a guiding rule or direction, the first letter of a chapter, etc.
- n. Specifically A liturgical direction or injunction in an office-book such as a prayer-book, missal, or breviary; a rule prescribed for the conduct of religious worship, or of any part of a religious service, printed in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and sometimes other office-books in red characters; also, collectively, the body of such rules.
- n. A flourish after a signature; a paraph. Madre de Dios! the other day she makes me a rubric of the Governor, Pio Pico, the same, identical.—[Footnote.] The Spanish rubric is the complicated flourish attached to a signature, and is an individual and characteristic as the handwriting.
Bret Harte, Story of a Mine, p. 39.
- Red; of a red or reddish color.
- Pertaining to rubrics; made the subject of a rubric; rubrical; marked in red characters.
- To adorn with red; rubricate.
- To make the subject of a rubric; enjoin observances regarding, as a saint of the calendar.
- n. A heading in a book highlighted in red.
- n. A title of a category or a class.
- n. An established rule or custom, a guideline.
- n. education A printed set of scoring criteria for evaluating student work and for giving feedback.
- adj. Coloured or marked with red; placed in rubrics.
- adj. Of or relating to the rubric or rubrics; rubrical.
- v. transitive To adorn with red; to redden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A titlepage, or part of it, especially that giving the date and place of printing; also, the initial letters, etc., when printed in red.
- n. (Law books) The title of a statute; -- so called as being anciently written in red letters.
- n. (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.
- n. Hence, that which is established or settled, as by authority; a thing definitely settled or fixed.
- v. rare To adorn ith red; to redden; to rubricate.
- adj. Colored in, or marked with, red; placed in rubrics.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the rubric or rubrics.
- n. an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure
- n. directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book)
- n. category name
- n. a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
- n. a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
- v. adorn with ruby red color
- n. an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
- Through Old French rubrique, from Latin rubrīca ("red ochre"), the substance used to make red letters, from ruber ("red"), from Proto-Indo-European *reudh-. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English rubrike, heading, title, from Old French rubrique, from Latin rubrīca, red chalk , from ruber, rubr-, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The big problem with recommending genre books for readers who either intentionally do not read genre or deny that they do, even when some of the books they have read clearly fit into the speculative fiction rubric, is understanding that the reading mentality in these individuals is different from people who actively and avidly read speculative fiction.”
“Then where within this rubric is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger?”
“Because I don't give word counts or frequency requirements (beyond, say, asking students to post SOMETHING on every major text we discuss), I like to think that my rubric is flexible enough to encourage the devoted blogger to put in extra time.”
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“Instead, I want to suggest a placeholder for signifying practices in resistance, and that placeholder rubric is “godliness.””
“This custom was adopted in liturgical collections to distinguish from the formulæ of the prayers the instructions and indications which should regulate their recitation, so that the word rubric has become the consecrated term for the rules concerning Divine service or the administration of the sacraments.”
“Some manuscripts have simple borders and colored initial letters only; sometimes but a single color is used, and is generally red, from which comes our word rubric, which means any writing or printing in red ink, and is derived from the”
“Let's face facts; this is the harsh reality that we've been fighting all along, though we are perpetually shocked by decisions (like Herring) that rationalize a way around a rule until we are left with rules that bear no nexus to their original purpose, a problem that I describe as a rubric without the rationale.”
“Political and religious opinion is just a cover; just a "rubric" -- and one that stands in the way of "the entire purpose" of human rights legislation.”
“(This results from a 1956 clarification by SRC: “Since the rubric is silent about the noise to be made at the end of Lauds after the prayer, it must certainly be held to be suppressed.””
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