re·​in·​scribe | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈskrīb How to pronounce reinscribe (audio) \
reinscribed; reinscribing; reinscribes

Definition of reinscribe

transitive verb

: to reestablish or rename in a new and especially stronger form or context how do contemporary writers reimagine or reinscribe the culturally laden figure of the aging woman?— Ruth O. Saxton

Examples of reinscribe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exquisite patterning, the archaic involutions of syntax, the lyricism: Does Sebald’s style reinscribe a sense of human possibility while keeping vigil with the dead? Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, 25 Feb. 2021 But Howland seems reluctant to reinscribe the cruelties of these categories: sick and well, normal and abnormal. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2021 Ever since the Civil War, there’s been a real attempt by white supremacists all over the country to reinsert and reinscribe white supremacy as the ideology and the visual culture of America. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020 Books such as Twitty’s own, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, reinscribe the country’s food legacies, honoring the innovations that black people have contributed for centuries. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 16 June 2020 Its female empowerment aside, Black Panther does reinscribe patriarchy and respectability in disappointing ways. Steven Thrasher, Esquire, 20 Feb. 2018 But this film seems to reinscribe the hyperreal nature of the real flesh using not much more than knives, which is more terrifying. Lewis Wallace, WIRED, 29 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of reinscribe

1878, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
re·​in·​scribe | \ ˌrē-in-ˈskrīb How to pronounce reinscribe (audio) \

Legal Definition of reinscribe

in the civil law of Louisiana : to inscribe (as a mortgage) again especially after expiration of the period of inscription (as ten years)

Note: A recorded mortgage or document creating a privilege is reinscribed by filing a notice of reinscription with the recorder.

Other Words from reinscribe

reinscription \ -​ˈskrip-​shən \ noun


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