Definition of superscribe in English:

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Pronunciation: /suːpəˈskrʌɪb/


[with object]
1Write or print (an inscription) at the top of or on the outside of a document.
1.1Write or print (a letter, word, symbol, or line of writing or printing) above an existing letter, word, or line.



Pronunciation: /suːpəˈskrɪpʃ(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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