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6 definitions found
 for Rubric
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rubric \Ru"bric\, v. t.
     To adorn ith red; to redden; to rubricate. [R.] --Johnson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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?
                                                    --Pope.
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     2. Of or pertaining to the rubric or rubrics. "Rubrical
        eccentricities." --C. Kingsley.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rubric
      n 1: an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure
      2: an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
         [syn: 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" [syn: title, statute
         title, rubric]
      5: a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special
         type
      6: category name; "it is usually discussed under the rubric of
         `functional obesity'"
      v 1: adorn with ruby red color

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  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
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RUBRIC, civil law. The title or inscription of any law or statute, because 
  the copyists formerly drew and painted the title of laws and statutes rubro 
  colore, in red letters. Ayl. Pand. B. 1, t. 8; Diet. do Juris. h.t. 
  
  

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