Definition of rubric in English:



  • 1A heading on a document.

    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘At the risk of oversimplifying, the relevant questions can be gathered under three crude rubrics as the What, How, and Why questions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In resistance to globalization, many alternatives identified under the general rubric of anti - globalization movements have emerged.’
    • ‘These days, Wood estimates that three-quarters of logging in the national forests is being done under the rubric of fire prevention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Automatic writing was one activity that the surrealists housed under the rubric of psychic automatism.’
    • ‘Under the rubric of ‘cultural studies,’ theorists claim to possess the key to understanding all sorts of human activity, from crime to colonialism.’
    • ‘So what then should we include under the rubric of ancient art?’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because it comes under the rubric of internet self-regulation, this kind of censorship is seen as less intrusive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These interventions fall under the general rubric of cognitive behavioural therapy.’
    • ‘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.’
    title, caption, legend, subtitle, subheading, wording, inscription, name, headline, banner headline
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    1. 1.1 A 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’.’
      • ‘Pope Benedict XVI is an expert on liturgy and the rubrics of liturgical celebration.’
      • ‘Archbishop Parker's Advertisements, issued in response to disputes over clerical dress and ceremonies, enforced the rubrics of the Prayer Book.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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
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    2. 1.2 A statement of purpose or function.
      ‘art for a purpose, not for its own sake, was his rubric’
      • ‘The standard rubric is that critics care about literary quality, not commercial success.’
      • ‘Religion as an academic discipline and campus ethos was, in general, the guiding rubric; that left out, for example, religious rituals and practices.’
    3. 1.3 A category.
      ‘party policies on matters falling under the rubric of law and order’
      • ‘While Ranade deploys the resources of the surrealist tradition to achieve his ends, it would be simplistic to gloss his work under that rubric.’
      • ‘It is under this rubric that I have attempted my analysis of Klute.’
      • ‘Under this rubric are included such forces as the local militia and the constabulary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some ecumenical women's programs fall under familiar rubrics such as the environment, literacy and education, and women's health and sexuality.’
      • ‘Fourteen works in various mediums sat quite comfortably beneath this rubric, each straddling the realms of commercial advertising and formalist abstraction.’
      • ‘He includes metallic standards (gold, silver, bimetallic) under this rubric.’
      • ‘To complicate matters slightly, I would like also to bring up another rubric - that of ‘local identity’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm not eager to embrace the term documentary, even though in a larger sense they would fall under that rubric.’
      • ‘Most of these patients would fit under the previously used rubric of Banti's syndrome.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition, variables more associated with dysregulation such as affect lability and impulsivity fall under this rubric.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is different than, say, any of us choosing to include a list of sites we regularly visit, rubrics or categories we embrace.’
      • ‘The photographs in the archive can be categorized under three major rubrics: objects, portraits, and landscapes.’


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 ocher as writing material)’, from the base of rubeus ‘red’; the later spelling is influenced by the Latin form.