Writ meaning

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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.

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Writ is to write in the past tense.

An example of to have writ is to have created a poem the other day.

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A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
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Writings.

Holy writ.

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Something written; writing; document.

Holy writ.

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A formal legal document ordering or prohibiting some action.
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The written order of a court in the name of the state or other legal authority ordering the person addressed to either do something or restrain from doing something.
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(law) A written order, issued by a court, ordering someone to do (stop doing) something.
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Authority, power to enforce compliance.
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That which is written; writing.
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(dated, nonstandard) Past participle of write.

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someone's writ runs
  • Someone has power or authority of a specified kind or scope.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

someone's writ runs

Origin of writ

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English writ, iwrit, ȝewrit, 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").

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