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Examples of rubric in a Sentence
the rubrics at the beginning of the chapters are intended to be humorous
the rubric, popular among jewelers anyway, that a man should spend a month's salary on his fiancée's engagement ring
Recent Examples of rubric from the Web
The Reds’ victory led to the formation of the Soviet Union, whose aim was to modernize, educate, and industrialize what had been the most backward and agrarian country in Europe, under the rubric of revolutionary socialist principles.
There are some reactions to terror that fall under the same disingenuous rubric as background checks.
Rakan Saeed al-Jobouri, the Arab deputy governor of Kirkuk, said Arabs there have come to him with fears of forced displacements by Kurdish security forces under the rubric of fighting terrorism.
Being faced with more complex rubrics of social acceptability has left some people wondering -- good naturedly or otherwise -- where the line between freedom of expression and personal responsibility is, and whether there is one at all.
And, for too long, our district attorney's office has not abided by that rubric - choosing instead to punt issues into a new budget year.
There's no rubric for NAACP travel advisories, Johnson said.
And women engaging in associations that did not fall in the rubric of good secular state feminism were harassed and tortured.
What are the odds that this effort, under the rubric of the couple’s Teamwork Ministries, would take root?
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Did You Know?
Centuries ago, whenever manuscript writers inserted special instructions or explanations into a book, they put them in red ink to set them off from the black used in the main text. (They used the same practice to highlight saints' names and holy days in calendars, a practice which gave us the term red-letter day.) Ultimately, such special headings or comments came to be called rubrics, a term that traces back to ruber, the Latin word for "red." While the printing sense remains in use today, rubric also has an extended sense referring to any class or category under which something is organized.
Origin and Etymology of rubric
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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