Definition of rubric in English:



  • 1A heading on a document.

    • ‘Under the rubric of ‘cultural studies,’ theorists claim to possess the key to understanding all sorts of human activity, from crime to colonialism.’
    • ‘He concludes that it does not fall under any of the commonly used rubrics - observational science, phenomenology, hermeneutics - which distinguish the intentional focus of other disciplines.’
    • ‘At the risk of oversimplifying, the relevant questions can be gathered under three crude rubrics as the What, How, and Why questions.’
    • ‘Even for those who work under the rubric of ‘political economy,’ the political has remained something of an afterthought except, perhaps, as a statement of personal distaste with current economic trends.’
    • ‘The discussions were organised under the rubric of four broad themes: economic production, access to wealth, civil society and the public arena, and, political power and ethics.’
    • ‘Ten chapters, each laid out under the rubric of a song title, map out some of the main concerns of popular music studies in a textbook format.’
    • ‘By placing research from many disciplines under an evolutionary rubric, this book may stimulate conversations across disciplines and, in the process, attract new adherents to an evolutionary way of thinking.’
    • ‘So what then should we include under the rubric of ancient art?’
    • ‘Automatic writing was one activity that the surrealists housed under the rubric of psychic automatism.’
    • ‘Although this reader is offered under the rubric of book history, in fact it encompasses the many forms of American print culture, including newspapers and magazines.’
    • ‘It does indeed cover an immense array of topics that fall under the general rubric of food studies, including important but less sexy subjects, such as the problem of defining malnutrition.’
    • ‘Because it comes under the rubric of internet self-regulation, this kind of censorship is seen as less intrusive.’
    • ‘In resistance to globalization, many alternatives identified under the general rubric of anti - globalization movements have emerged.’
    • ‘These interventions fall under the general rubric of cognitive behavioural therapy.’
    • ‘These days, Wood estimates that three-quarters of logging in the national forests is being done under the rubric of fire prevention.’
    • ‘But assimilating all these wildly different forms of association under the rubric of ‘city’ only made the term so abstract that it told us nothing.’
    • ‘While visual art lumped under the rubric of ‘postmodernism’ typically accessed a shared matrix of cultural tropes and formal devices, it often differed radically in intent from work to work.’
    • ‘It was perhaps the first and the bitterest indictment of the press's irresistible tendency to trade in human suffering under the rubric of ‘human interest’.’
    • ‘It is significant that social movements research, previously rather marginal, has been gradually drawn into the centre of social theory, particularly under the rubric of new social movements.’
    title, caption, legend, subtitle, subheading, wording, rubric, inscription, name, headline, banner headline
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1A category.
      ‘party policies on matters falling under the rubric of law and order’
      • ‘I answer this quandary by suggesting that we exist under two different constitutions - one for peace and another for war; and whatever exercise of power that cannot be justified under one rubric can be under the other.’
      • ‘If we accept this administration's policy of designating other human beings as less than human, then we have no moral challenge to those nations who torture women under the very same rubric.’
      • ‘In Anglo - American psychiatry, much of what was characterized as conversion hysteria in psychodynamic psychiatry is now classified under the more scientific-sounding rubric of somatization disorder.’
      • ‘In your average bookstore, the volumes stacked by the dozen and sold under the heading of Self-Help are liable to be found quartered in the same part of the building as those falling under the less obviously improving rubric of Philosophy.’
      • ‘The first of them grouped all then-living independent artists, whether native or foreign, under the School of Paris rubric, no matter where in France they worked.’
      • ‘Fourteen works in various mediums sat quite comfortably beneath this rubric, each straddling the realms of commercial advertising and formalist abstraction.’
      • ‘It is under this rubric that I have attempted my analysis of Klute.’
      • ‘While Ranade deploys the resources of the surrealist tradition to achieve his ends, it would be simplistic to gloss his work under that rubric.’
      • ‘This is different than, say, any of us choosing to include a list of sites we regularly visit, rubrics or categories we embrace.’
      • ‘Under this rubric are included such forces as the local militia and the constabulary.’
      • ‘There is as much space, under this rubric of textuality, for the popular icons of the day as for Shakespeare, the greatest among the canonical authors.’
      • ‘To complicate matters slightly, I would like also to bring up another rubric - that of ‘local identity’.’
      • ‘He includes metallic standards (gold, silver, bimetallic) under this rubric.’
      • ‘I begin with the most obvious, and certainly the most important, change that falls under this rubric: the replacement of socialism by capitalism in almost all the formerly socialist countries.’
      • ‘Harold Budd has fallen under the New Age rubric in more recent years; the two works presented here date from 1969-70 and show a more provocative side of this interesting composer.’
      • ‘In addition, variables more associated with dysregulation such as affect lability and impulsivity fall under this rubric.’
      • ‘Most of these patients would fit under the previously used rubric of Banti's syndrome.’
      • ‘I'm not eager to embrace the term documentary, even though in a larger sense they would fall under that rubric.’
      • ‘Some ecumenical women's programs fall under familiar rubrics such as the environment, literacy and education, and women's health and sexuality.’
      • ‘The photographs in the archive can be categorized under three major rubrics: objects, portraits, and landscapes.’
  • 2A set of instructions or rules.

    • ‘I am uncomfortable with applying these rubrics in a wholesale fashion to the work of honours students.’
    • ‘The curriculum provides student worksheets and includes a grading rubric that outlines minimal, adequate and extensive answers for the teachers.’
    • ‘I am passing out the rubric now, if you have any questions please come and speak to me outside of class.’
    • ‘My students always receive a copy of the exact rubric that I will use to grade their project, prior to their starting.’
    • ‘For each question, the rubric specifies explicit grading criteria.’
    • ‘Students were required to work in groups to prepare a research paper and were provided with scoring rubrics, and offered feedback.’
    • ‘Today's papers revealed the topics for the entire country along with analyses of their difficulty and predictions of possible grading rubrics.’
    • ‘Students were advised to submit drafts of the paper for feedback and further guidance in interpreting and using the rubrics.’
    • ‘Trained scorers, under the direction of the project director, marked these booklets according to the scoring rubrics for each component of the task.’
    • ‘All three figures wear summer, or ‘cool’ hats, which were introduced into the rubrics of official dress in 1646 and fascinated Europeans at the turn of the century.’
    • ‘Be careful to read through the rubric, the instructions on the examination paper.’
    • ‘Ms. Estrin grabbed a book for Chloe and gave her a classroom rubric before making her announcements.’
    • ‘Like criterion-referenced testing generally, both scoring rubrics are thoroughly arbitrary.’
    • ‘In some circumstances, it is possible to switch to a project-oriented curriculum with a clear rubric rather than a homework/test-based curriculum.’
    • ‘Assessment of student learning was also performed by the instructors through the creation of quizzes and grading rubrics for the assignments.’
    1. 2.1A direction in a liturgical book as to how a church service should be conducted.
      • ‘Nothing was to be omitted from the liturgy ‘except where the rubrics allow the use of the organ to replace several verses of the text’.’
      • ‘Fr Robert said he was totally taken with Mass, the centuries of tradition behind it, the liturgy, the rubrics, the rituals and he decided to become a Catholic.’
      • ‘Archbishop Parker's Advertisements, issued in response to disputes over clerical dress and ceremonies, enforced the rubrics of the Prayer Book.’
      • ‘Pope Benedict XVI is an expert on liturgy and the rubrics of liturgical celebration.’
      • ‘According to its rubrics the officiating priest stood with his back to the congregation facing [liturgical] east and the entire Mass was said or sung in Latin.’
      ritual, worship, service, ceremony, rite, observance, celebration, ordinance, office, sacrament, solemnity, ceremonial
      View synonyms
    2. 2.2A statement of purpose or function.
      ‘art for a purpose, not for its own sake, was his rubric’
      • ‘Religion as an academic discipline and campus ethos was, in general, the guiding rubric; that left out, for example, religious rituals and practices.’
      • ‘The standard rubric is that critics care about literary quality, not commercial success.’


Late Middle English rubrish (originally referring to a heading, section of text, etc. written in red for distinctiveness), from Old French rubriche, from Latin rubrica (terra) red (earth or ochre as writing material), from the base of rubeus red; the later spelling is influenced by the Latin form.