Definition of superscribe in English:


Syllabification: su·per·scribe
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opərˈskrīb


[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: /-ˈskripSHən/
More 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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