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Origin of rubric
Words nearby rubric
What does rubric mean?
Rubric commonly refers to a set of guidelines or a protocol for how something will or should be done, like how an assignment will be graded.
Rubric is also commonly used to mean a class or category. Its original meaning, which is still used, refers to text printed in red or set apart in some other way, such as a heading in a manuscript. Less commonly, rubric can be used as an adjective meaning written or marked in red.
Example: Please check the rubric when writing your papers so you know exactly what I’m looking for.
Where does rubric come from?
The first records of rubric come from before the 1400s. It traces back to the Latin rūbrīca, which refers to a type of red pigment and derives from ruber, meaning “red.” (This is also the basis for the word ruby.)
In old manuscripts, some of the text was given additional emphasis. While most of the text was black, certain parts were sometimes accented with red, such as headings or additional comments. These parts came to be known as rubrics. (When the first letter of the text in a manuscript is enlarged and decorated, this is often called a historiated initial. When it is colored red, it is said to be rubricated.)
Some of these manuscripts were Christian texts. In this context, rubric came to refer to a direction for how to conduct certain ceremonies. Eventually, rubric began to be used more generally to mean “an explanatory comment” or “an instruction,” such as on an examination. Today, perhaps the most popular use of rubric is in the context of education to refer to a chart that breaks down how an assignment will be graded or some other aspect of a class.
It is also commonly used to mean “class” or “category,” as in Not every example will fit neatly into a rubric.
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What are some other forms related to rubric?
- rubrical (adjective)
- rubrically (adverb)
What are some synonyms for rubric?
What are some words that share a root or word element with rubric?
What are some words that often get used in discussing rubric?
How is rubric used in real life?
Rubrics are commonly used by teachers in the form of charts. But the word has many meanings that can be used in many different contexts.
me: look at my Rubric Cube
you: you mean Rubik’s Cube
me: [puts a checkmark in the “does not do what I ask” box on my Rubric Cube]
— Nathan W. Pyle (@nathanwpyle) December 20, 2019
Authenticity is the chief currency for being a #HipHopEd(ucator) There is no rubric for authenticity but youth can feel a fraud from a block away
— Christopher Emdin (@chrisemdin) January 30, 2019
— Special Collections, Archives & Digital Services (@MUSpecColl) August 15, 2015
Try using rubric!
Is rubric used correctly in the following sentence?
The rubric for this assignment made it very clear that you were supposed to work in pairs.
Example sentences from the Web for rubric
But for some center-right media outlets, this probably fit into the "too good to check" rubric.Brace Yourself: October Election Surprises Surely on the Way|Matt Lewis|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cut to popular programs are just put under this Function 920 rubric, which allows them to pretend they're not real.
Bain Capital and its ilk were called leveraged buyout firms back then, but whatever the rubric, the business is the same.Bain Capital Stays Quiet Amid Attacks on Mitt Romney, Private Equity|Gary Rivlin|February 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is within this rubric that Romney utters the line in which his campaign is about “saving the soul of America.”
All of this was presented under the rubric of "comedy," but—as with everything that Kovacs conceived—it plays as much, much more.
The rubric says nothing about sitting; standing and kneeling being the only postures expressly recognised.
And the title-page bears a rubric and a reference to Tobias' dog.Adventures in Criticism|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then the rubric touching the garments as worn under King Edward was done away?Joyce Morrell's Harvest|Emily Sarah Holt
The rubric requires the celebrant to stand at the north side of the table.
In his zeal in this direction, Archbishop Sancroft actually went so far as to alter the rubric.The Religious Life of London|J. Ewing Ritchie