under the rubric of
Rubric Ru"bric, n. [OE. rubriche, OF. rubriche, F. rubrique ( cf. it. rubrica), fr. L. rubrica red earth for coloring, red chalk, the title of a law (because written in red), fr. ruber red. See {red}.] That part of any work in the early manuscripts and typography which was colored red, to distinguish it from other portions. Hence, specifically: (a) A titlepage, or part of it, especially that giving the date and place of printing; also, the initial letters, etc., when printed in red. (b) (Law books) The title of a statute; -- so called as being anciently written in red letters. --Bell. (c) (Liturgies) The directions and rules for the conduct of service, formerly written or printed in red; hence, also, an ecclesiastical or episcopal injunction; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

All the clergy in England solemnly pledge themselves to observe the rubrics. --Hook. [1913 Webster] (d) Hence, that which is established or settled, as by authority; a thing definitely settled or fixed. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Nay, as a duty, it had no place or rubric in human conceptions before Christianity. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

{ under the rubric of} (See def. (b)) in the category of [1913 Webster]


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