- Writ is defined as legal or holy writings, generally to order people to do certain actions.
An example of a writ is a new town law.
- Writ is to write in the past tense.
An example of to have writ is to have created a poem the other day.
- something written; writing; document: now chiefly a religious usage: holy writ
- a formal legal document ordering or prohibiting some action
Origin of writMiddle English from Old English from writan: see write
someone's writ runs
- Law A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
- Writings: holy writ.
Origin of writMiddle English from Old English
- (dated, nonstandard) Past participle of write
- The form writ survives in standard dialects only in the phrase writ large, though it remains common in some dialects (e.g. Scouse).
From Middle English writ, iwrit, Èewrit, from Old English writ (“letter, book, treatise; scripture, writing; writ, charter, document, deed") and Ä¡ewrit (“writing, something written, written language; written character, bookstave; inscription; orthography; written statement, passage from a book; official or formal document, document; law, jurisprudence; regulation; list, catalog; letter; text of an agreement; writ, charter, deed; literary writing, book, treatise; books dealing with a subject under notice; a book of the Bible; scripture, canonical book, the Scriptures; stylus"), from Proto-Germanic *writÄ… (“fissure, writing"), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey-, *wrÄ«- (“to scratch, carve, ingrave"). Cognate with Scots writ (“writ, writing, handwriting"), Icelandic rit (“writing, writ, literary work, publication").
writ - Legal Definition