American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
- n. Writings: holy writ.
- v. A past tense and a past participle of write.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is written; a writing: used especially of the Bible, with holy or sacred, often capitalized as a title.
- n. In law, a precept under seal, in the name of the people, or the sovereign, or other competent legal authority, commanding the officer or other person to whom it is addressed or issued to do or refrain from doing some specified act. In early times, when the pleadings and proceedings generally in actions were oral, writs were, as the name implies, the written parts of an action (besides judgments in courts of record), it being for obvious reasons required that the warrant by which a person or his property might be seized, or his conduct controlled under penalty of contempt, should be expressed in writing and attested by the name and seal of the government.
- n. A formal instrument or writing of any kind.
- n. In the United States, a mandatory precept issuing out of the clerk's office in any of the courts of law, by the authority and in the name of the State or commonwealth, under the seal of the court from which it issues, bearing teste of the chief justice of the court, if he is not a party, and signed by the clerk of the court. (Heard.) Its object is to compel the appearance of the defendant, or at least to give him due notice that he is sued. In most of the States it has been superseded by a summons, issued by the plaintiff's attorney, giving such notice and requiring the defendant to plead. See also original writ, under original.
- n. The writ is legally capable of enforcement: as, the writ of subpœna runs throughout the state.
- n. The writ is practically capable of enforcement: as, “When lawlessness has yielded to order; when the Queen's writ runs; when the edicts of the civil courts are obeyed; … and when sedition is trampled under foot—then, and then only, is there some chance for the development of remedial measures.” (Edinburgh Rev., CLXV. 587.)
- n. An obsolete form of third person singular present indicative (for writeth), and an obsolete or archaic form of past participle, of write.
- n. law A written order, issued by a court, ordering someone to do (or stop doing) something.
- n. authority, power to enforce compliance
- n. that which is written; writing.
- v. this sense?) (dated) Past participle of write (normally, “written”) and used in the phrase writ large. This form survives in the Scouse dialect (in-fact, it is dominant), but is practically obsolete in all others.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 3d pers. sing. pres. of write, for
- imp. & p. p. of write.
- n. That which is written; writing; scripture; -- applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments.
- n. (Law) An instrument in writing, under seal, in an epistolary form, issued from the proper authority, commanding the performance or nonperformance of some act by the person to whom it is directed.
- n. (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
- Old English (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Guy: In an attempt to purge Latin from the language of the law, California law has for many years used the term writ of mandate in place of writ of mandamus, and writ of review in place of writ of certiorari.”
“In an attempt to purge Latin from the language of the law, California law has for many years used the term writ of mandate in place of writ of mandamus, and writ of review in place of writ of certiorari.”
“You decorate a bus with your name writ large, pump up the patriotic platitudes, head out on an "all-American road trip" and, by golly, you just can't understand what all the fuss is about.”
“Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition is a one-disc, fully loaded offering with the title writ in shocking pink.”
“When I say Darwinian evolution I mean the term writ large accounting for the entire history of life on earth.”
“Their access to the writ is a necessity to determine the lawfulness of their status, even if, in the end, they do not obtain the relief they seek.”
“They ` re going to file what they call a writ of habeas corpus, which basically means the body is being held illegally and they ` re going to try to undo what the judge did today.”
“While the Founders had quite a bit to offer in the way of revolutionary thought, they were anything but perfect, and using the US Constitution as holy writ is ultimately a dead end, even if better by comparison to 99% of what goes on in politics today.”
“All of this would be funnier if not for the fact that this kind of hooliganism and casual trampling of First Amendment rights from people who claim to embrace the Constitution as holy writ is symptomatic of a deeper problem.”
“And now when I finally have my name writ large, so does everyone else.”
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