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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(from the Latin rubrca, “red ochre,” or “vermilion”). An ordinance or law was by the Romans called a rubric, because it was written with vermilion, in contradistinction to prætorian edicts or rules of the court, which were posted on a white ground. (Juvenal, xiv. 192.)   1
       Rubrca vetvit” = the law has forbidden it. (Persius, v. 99.)
        “Prætres edicta sua in albo proponebant, ac rubrcas [i.e. jus civile] translalrunt.”—Quintilian, xii. 3, 11.
        “Rules and orders directing how, when, and where all things in divine service are to be performed were formerly printed in red characters (now generally in italics), and called rubrics.”—Hook: Church Dictionary.



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