Authority, power to enforce compliance.
- someone has power or authority of a specified kind or scope
Other Word Forms of Writ
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Writ
- someone's writ runs
Origin of Writ
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").
Middle English from Old English
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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