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rubric

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1 a word or series of words often in larger letters placed at the beginning of a passage or at the top of a page in order to introduce or categorize
  • the rubrics at the beginning of the chapters are intended to be humorous

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2 an inherited or established way of thinking, feeling, or doing
  • the rubric, popular among jewelers anyway, that a man should spend a month's salary on his fiancée's engagement ring

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3 one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
  • all of these books with their conspiracy theories fall under the rubric of speculative fiction

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The first known use of rubric was in the 14th century

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“Rubric.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rubric. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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