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noun re·script \ˈrē-ˌskript\

Definition of rescript

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

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

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of rewriting

Examples of rescript in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

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. These days, however, people are more likely to use it as a synonym of "rewrite," a use that began in the 19th century. Charlotte Brontë, for one, used it in her novel Villette. "I wrote [the letter] three times . . . subduing the phrases at every rescript," her narrator confesses.

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 15th century


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