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Definitions of writ

  1. ( law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
  2. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Write, for writeth.
  3. imp. & amp; p. p. of Write.
  4. An instrument in writing, under seal, in an epistolary form, issued from the proper authority, commanding the performance or nonperformance of some act by the person to whom it is directed; as, a writ of entry, of error, of execution, of injunction, of mandamus, of return, of summons, and the like.
  5. of Write
  6. imp. & p. p. of Write.
  7. That which is written; writing; scripture; - applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments; as, sacred writ.
  8. Anything written; a written document; an order of a court of justice: writ, scripture; as, Holy writ.
  9. A writing: ( law) a written document by which one is summoned or required to do something.
  10. Holy Writ, the Scriptures.
  11. Legal instrument or process.
  12. An order of a court to a person addressed.
  13. That which is written; a precept issued from the proper authority to the sheriff, his deputy, or other subordinate officer, commanding him to perform some act, as to summon a defendant into court to answer, and the like; a legal or formal instrument. Holy or Sacred Writ, the Holy Scriptures.
  14. See write.
  15. That which is written- applied particularly to the Sacred Scriptures, as Holy Writ; a legal instr. to enforce obedience to an order or sentence of a court of justice; a legal instr. served as the first step to an action against a debtor; a judicial process to summon an offender.
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Usage examples for writ

  1. He taught sacred and secular literature, the books of holy writ ecclesiastical poetry, astronomy, arithmetic, and sacred music. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  2. The writ of Fate. – Stories from Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore
  3. And her name is writ in the Church books, her legal, lawful name that only the law can change. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  4. She had the King's writ for his safety ready to send to him. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  5. " No." " Not to save me from a writ – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  6. I pray Your Majesty to look on me and him and see on whose face is writ the word- fear. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  7. " Well, if you would know, Master merchant, I bring a paper for you, or rather a copy of it, for the writ itself will be served on you to- morrow by the King's officers. – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  8. His words, generously preserved by a Confederate colonel who accompanied his Excellency, deserve to be writ in gold on the National Annals. – The Crisis, Volume 6 by Winston Churchill
  9. " It seems an open book, with letters of red, writ ten on its pages. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  10. Is it not fair writ – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  11. " It's this one that I want to show you first," she said, and she gave him the writ of attachment. – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  12. Hee writ me also that having suffitient orders for taking all vessells that came into those parts to Trade, hee would have joyned with me in seizing of this; but seeing the purchas was fal'n into my hands, hee hoped hee should share with mee in it. – Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson by Peter Esprit Radisson
  13. " If you find a one- eyed man when you git into trouble, give him that letter I've writ ye, and it may do ye some good. – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  14. Keith also found means to let Maitland know how matters stood early on the 4th, whereupon the " Bellerophon" stood out to sea, her guard- boat keeping at a distance the importunate man with the writ – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  15. Fast, fast the mind is wearing out the frame, and my schemes have but woven the ropes of sand, and my name shall be writ in water. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. But tho' their names are writ in blood - Deepening crimson flood on flood- Their impositions writ awry And copybooks are hardly dry; And Sweetheart Life had scarcely kissed The boy to man, when the blue mist Of twilight lifted; and the dawn Announced that rosy day was born. – The Dales of Arcady by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
  17. His business up at Hogan's was To serve him with a writ – Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses by A. B. Paterson
  18. Your writ my dear lady, runs as easily in the City as elsewhere. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. But see what I have writ his majesty, and tell me should I alter aught. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  20. Every word of mine which they can get hold of, however innocent, however orthodox even, is twisted, tormented, perverted, and, like the words of holy writ are made to mean every thing but what they were intended to mean. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
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