writ
Pronunciation Noun

writ

  1. (legal) A written order, issued by a court, ordering someone to do (or stop doing) something.
  2. Authority, power to enforce compliance.
    • We can't let them take advantage of the fact that there are so many areas of the world where no one's writ runs.
    • 1913, Elizabeth Kimball Kendall, A Wayfarer in China
      Within Lololand, of course, no Chinese writ runs, no Chinese magistrate holds sway, and the people, more or less divided among themselves, are under the government of their tribal chiefs.
  3. (archaic) That which is written; writing.
    • Then to his hands that writ he did betake, / Which he disclosing read, thus as the paper spake.
    • Babylon, so much spoken of in Holy Writ
Synonyms
  • claim form (English law)
Translations Translations Verb
  1. (archaic) past tense of write#English|write
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II scene iv:
      I know the hand: in faith, 'tis a fair hand;
      And whiter than the paper it writ on
      Is the fair hand that writ.
  2. (archaic) Past participle of write
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II scene iv:
      I know the hand: in faith, 'tis a fair hand;
      And whiter than the paper it writ on
      Is the fair hand that writ.
    • 1682, John Dryden, Mac Klecknoe
      Let Virtuosos in five years be writ; / Yet not one thought accuse thy toil of wit. (Mac Flecknoe ↗)
    • , Omar Khayyam (in translation)
      The moving finger writes, and having writ, not all your piety or wit can lure it back to cancel half a line […]
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter I, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗, book IV:
    • 1821, John Keats
      Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water.



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