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rubric    : [r'ubrɪk]
Rubric \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.
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All the clergy in England solemnly pledge
themselves to observe the rubrics. --Hook.
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(d) Hence, that which is established or settled, as by
authority; a thing definitely settled or fixed. --Cowper.
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Nay, as a duty, it had no place or rubric in human
conceptions before Christianity. --De Quincey.
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Rubric \Ru"bric\, v. t.
To adorn ith red; to redden; to rubricate. [R.] --Johnson.
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Rubric \Ru"bric\, Rubrical \Ru"bric*al\, a.
1. Colored in, or marked with, red; placed in rubrics.
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What though my name stood rubric on the walls
Or plaistered posts, with claps, in capitals?
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2. Of or pertaining to the rubric or rubrics. "Rubrical
eccentricities." --C. Kingsley.
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n 1: an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure
2: an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
[synonym: {gloss}, {rubric}]
3: directions for the conduct of Christian church services
(often printed in red in a prayer book)
4: 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" [synonym: {title}, {statute
title}, {rubric}]
5: a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special
6: category name; "it is usually discussed under the rubric of
`functional obesity'"
v 1: adorn with ruby red color

200 Moby Thesaurus words for "rubric":
Sefer Torah, Torah, Torah scroll, Virginal, abbreviation,
abbreviature, abrege, abridgment, abstract, act, appellation,
appellative, banner, banner head, basis, bill, blood, bracket,
branch, breviary, brief, burden, bylaw, canon, capsule, caption,
case, caste, category, chapter, church book, clan, class, code,
cognomen, commandment, compend, concern, condensation,
condensed version, conspectus, convention, decree, denomination,
designation, dictate, dictation, dictum, digest, division, draft,
drop head, dropline, edict, enactment, epigraph, epitome, essence,
estate, euchologion, euchology, farse, focus of attention,
focus of interest, form, formality, formula, formulary,
general principle, gist, golden rule, grade, group, grouping,
guideline, guiding principle, hanger, head, heading, headline,
imperative, incarnadine, institution, issue, jump head, jus, kin,
label, law, lectionary, legend, legislation, level, lex, litany,
living issue, machzor, main point, manual, matter, matter in hand,
maxim, measure, meat, memorable, missal, mitzvah, moral, motif,
motive, motto, nomen, norm, notable, observable, order, ordinal,
ordinance, ordonnance, outline, overline, overview, pandect,
pigeonhole, point, point at issue, point in question, pontifical,
position, prayer book, precis, predicament, prescript,
prescription, principium, principle, problem, question, race, rank,
rating, red-letter, regulation, review, ritual, rituale, rubify,
ruby, ruddle, ruddy, rule, ruling, running head, running title,
scarehead, screamer, section, sept, service book, set,
settled principle, shortened version, siddur, skeleton, sketch,
spread, spreadhead, standard, standing order, station, status,
statute, strain, stratum, streamer, style, subdivision, subgroup,
subhead, subheading, subject, subject matter, subject of thought,
suborder, substance, subtitle, superscription, survey, syllabus,
synopsis, tenet, text, theme, thumbnail sketch, title, title page,
topic, topical outline, working principle, working rule

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