Definition of superscribe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈso͞opərskrīb/


[with object]
1Write or print (an inscription) at the top of or on the outside of a document: they had superscribed “Top Secret” across the cover page
1.1Write or print an inscription at the top of or on the outside of (a document): he invariably will want to superscribe the memo with one of his banal mottoes
More example sentences
  • Kindly superscribe ‘Disunity ‘on the envelope if you are sending it by post.’
1.2Write or print (a letter, word, symbol, or line of writing or printing) above an existing letter, word, or line.



Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opərˈskripSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Mark tells us that a superscription was written; Matthew, that it was set up over his head; Luke, that it was written in three languages; and John, that Pilate was the writer.
  • The superscriptions and a new group of psalms then resume with Psalm 108, which is a composite psalm made up of parts of other psalms.
  • The expected topics (authorship, date, etc.) are dispensed with under a lengthy comment on the superscription.


Late 15th century: from Latin superscribere, from super- 'over' + scribere 'write'.

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Syllabification: su·per·scribe

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