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Add elaborate, typically red, capital letters or other decorations to (a manuscript)
- ‘The text is rubricated throughout with red titles and red Lombards.’
- ‘The monks who didn't know how to write were put to work binding, rubricating, making pens, and the like.’
- ‘The text was rubricated either by the scribe himself, or one of his colleagues, who highlighted in red ink significant portions, phrases and words.’
- ‘Although scholars dispute the details of the early production of his press, the first dated item is a copy of a 42-line Bible, which a scribe finished rubricating on 24 August 1456.’
Late 16th century: from Latin rubricat- ‘marked in red’, from the verb rubricare, from rubrica (see rubric).
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