rescript

noun
re·script | \ˈrē-ˌskript \

Definition of rescript 

1 : a written answer of a Roman emperor or of a pope to a legal inquiry or petition

2 : an official or authoritative order, decree, edict, or announcement

3 : an act or instance of rewriting

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When Should You Use rescript?

Rescript was first used in the 15th century for the written reply of a sovereign or pope to a question about some matter of law or state, and then for any type of authoritative declaration. Since the 19th century, however, it has also seen use as a synonym of rewrite. Charlotte Brontë, for one, used the word this way in her novel Villette. "I wrote [the letter] three times ... subduing the phrases at every rescript," her narrator confesses.

Examples of rescript in a Sentence

even though there was never an official rescript ordering mass genocide, that was indeed the intent and effect of the government's policy

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Soon, Duke writes, the rescript became associated with Japanese nationalism, a reverence for a divine emperor and a strict educational system. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Japan Will Allow Its Schools to Use a Controversial 19th-Century Imperial Text," 10 Apr. 2017 At the time, the rescript served an important purpose. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Japan Will Allow Its Schools to Use a Controversial 19th-Century Imperial Text," 10 Apr. 2017 At the time, the rescript served an important purpose. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Japan Will Allow Its Schools to Use a Controversial 19th-Century Imperial Text," 10 Apr. 2017 Soon, Duke writes, the rescript became associated with Japanese nationalism, a reverence for a divine emperor and a strict educational system. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Japan Will Allow Its Schools to Use a Controversial 19th-Century Imperial Text," 10 Apr. 2017 Conservatives see the rescript as a paean to traditional values; liberals as a throwback to a more authoritarian era. Jonathan Soble, Orange County Register, "‘Traditionalist’ Japanese kindergarten with ties to prime minister is accused of nationalist bigotry, fraud," 25 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of rescript

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rescript

Middle English rescripte, from Latin rescriptum, from neuter of rescriptus, past participle of rescribere to write in reply, from re- + scribere to write — more at scribe

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