Definition of rubric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈruːbrɪk/


1A heading on a document.
Example sentences
  • Ten chapters, each laid out under the rubric of a song title, map out some of the main concerns of popular music studies in a textbook format.
  • It was perhaps the first and the bitterest indictment of the press's irresistible tendency to trade in human suffering under the rubric of ‘human interest’.
  • The discussions were organised under the rubric of four broad themes: economic production, access to wealth, civil society and the public arena, and, political power and ethics.
1.1A category: party policies on matters falling under the rubric of law and order
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  • This is different than, say, any of us choosing to include a list of sites we regularly visit, rubrics or categories we embrace.
  • The photographs in the archive can be categorized under three major rubrics: objects, portraits, and landscapes.
  • I answer this quandary by suggesting that we exist under two different constitutions - one for peace and another for war; and whatever exercise of power that cannot be justified under one rubric can be under the other.
2A set of instructions or rules.
Example sentences
  • Be careful to read through the rubric, the instructions on the examination paper.
  • In some circumstances, it is possible to switch to a project-oriented curriculum with a clear rubric rather than a homework/test-based curriculum.
  • I am uncomfortable with applying these rubrics in a wholesale fashion to the work of honours students.
2.1A direction in a liturgical book as to how a church service should be conducted.
Example sentences
  • Pope Benedict XVI is an expert on liturgy and the rubrics of liturgical celebration.
  • Fr Robert said he was totally taken with Mass, the centuries of tradition behind it, the liturgy, the rubrics, the rituals and he decided to become a Catholic.
  • Archbishop Parker's Advertisements, issued in response to disputes over clerical dress and ceremonies, enforced the rubrics of the Prayer Book.
2.2A statement of purpose or function: art for a purpose, not for its own sake, was his rubric
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  • Religion as an academic discipline and campus ethos was, in general, the guiding rubric; that left out, for example, religious rituals and practices.
  • The standard rubric is that critics care about literary quality, not commercial success.



Pronunciation: /ˈruːbrɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • I have grouped the readings together into five types of evidence: allegorical, liturgical, rubrical, and canonical, ancillary liturgical, scriptural, and historical and catechetical.
  • The rubrical indications of the entrance rite make clear that this is to be seen primarily as a musical part of the rite.


Late Middle English rubrish (originally referring to a heading, section of text, etc. written in red for distinctiveness), from Old French rubriche, from Latin rubrica (terra) 'red (earth or ochre as writing material)', from the base of rubeus 'red'; the later spelling is influenced by the Latin form.

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