writ

1
[ rit ]
/ rɪt /

noun

Law.
  1. a formal order under seal, issued in the name of a sovereign, government, court, or other competent authority, enjoining the officer or other person to whom it is issued or addressed to do or refrain from some specified act.
  2. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
something written; a writing: sacred writ.

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Origin of writ

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs letter. See write

Definition for writ (2 of 2)

writ2
[ rit ]
/ rɪt /

verb Archaic.

a simple past tense and past participle of write.
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British Dictionary definitions for writ (1 of 2)

writ1
/ (rɪt) /

noun

law (formerly) a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified actOfficial name: claim
archaic a piece or body of writingHoly Writ

Word Origin for writ

Old English; related to Old Norse rit, Gothic writs stroke, Old High German riz (German Riss a tear). See write

British Dictionary definitions for writ (2 of 2)

writ2
/ (rɪt) /

verb

archaic, or dialect a past tense and past participle of write
writ large plain to see; very obvious
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