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rubric (n.)

c. 1300, robryk, ribrusch, rubryke, "directions in a liturgical book for participation in religious services" (which often were written in red ink), from Old French rubrique, rubriche "rubric, title" (13c.) and directly from Latin rubrica "red ochre, red coloring matter," from ruber (from PIE root *reudh- "red, ruddy").

The meaning "title or heading of a book" (also originally often printed in red) is from early 15c. The transferred sense of "general rule; descriptive title" is by 1831.Related: Rubrical.

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Definitions of rubric from WordNet
1
rubric (n.)
an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure;
rubric (n.)
an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text;
Synonyms: gloss
rubric (n.)
directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book);
rubric (n.)
a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with;
Synonyms: title / statute title
rubric (n.)
a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type;
rubric (n.)
category name;
it is usually discussed under the rubric of `functional obesity'
2
rubric (v.)
adorn with ruby red color;
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