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writ 1

 (rĭt)
n.
1. Law A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
2. Writings: holy writ.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

writ 2

 (rĭt)
v.
A past tense and a past participle of write.

writ

(rɪt)
n
1. (Law) law (formerly) a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified act. Official name: claim
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) archaic a piece or body of writing: Holy Writ.
[Old English; related to Old Norse rit, Gothic writs stroke, Old High German riz (German Riss a tear). See write]

writ

(rɪt)
vb
1. archaic or dialect a past tense and past participle of write
2. writ large plain to see; very obvious

writ1

(rɪt)

n.
1.
a. a sealed document, issued in the name of a court, government, sovereign, etc., directing an officer or official to do or refrain from doing some specified act.
b. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
2. something written; a writing: sacred writ.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English, c. Old High German riz stroke, Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs serif; akin to write]

writ2

(rɪt)

v. Archaic.
a pt. and pp. of write.

writ

A written order issued by a court requiring a person to do or not do something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officerwrit - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument - (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
court order - a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something
warrant - a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
assize - an ancient writ issued by a court of assize to the sheriff for the recovery of property
certiorari, writ of certiorari - a common law writ issued by a superior court to one of inferior jurisdiction demanding the record of a particular case
habeas corpus, writ of habeas corpus - a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge
venire facias - a judicial writ ordering a sheriff to summon people for jury duty
mandamus, writ of mandamus - an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion; used only when all other judicial remedies fail
attachment - a writ authorizing the seizure of property that may be needed for the payment of a judgment in a judicial proceeding
fieri facias - a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of a debtor to satisfy the debt
scire facias - a judicial writ based on some record and requiring the party against whom it is brought to show cause why the record should not be enforced or annulled
sequestration - a writ that authorizes the seizure of property
writ of detinue - a writ ordering the release of goods that have been unlawfully detained
writ of election - a writ ordering the holding of an election
writ of error - a judicial writ from an appellate court ordering the court of record to produce the records of trial
writ of prohibition - a judicial writ from a higher court ordering a lower court not to exercise jurisdiction in a particular case
writ of right - a writ ordering that land be restored to its rightful owner
process, summons - a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
subpoena, subpoena ad testificandum - a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
subpoena duces tecum - a writ issued by a court at the request of one of the parties to a suit; it requires a witness to bring to court or to a deposition any relevant documents under the witness's control
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

writ

noun summons, document, decree, indictment, court order, subpoena, arraignment He issued a writ against one of his critics.
Translations

writ

1 [rɪt] N (Jur) → mandato m judicial
to serve a writ on sbnotificar un mandato judicial a algn
to issue a writ against sbdemandar a algn

writ

2 [rɪt]
A. PT & PP (archaic) of write
B. ADJ (liter) it's just the old policy writ largees la misma política en forma exagerada
guilt was writ large on his facese hacía patente la culpa en su cara

writ

[ˈrɪt] nacte m judiciaire
to issue a writ against sb → assigner qn en justice
to serve a writ on sb → assigner qn en justice

writ

n
(Jur) → Verfügung f; writ of attachmentHaft- or Verhaftungsbefehl m; writ of executionVollstreckungsbefehl m; to issue a writeine Verfügung herausgeben; to issue a writ against somebodyjdn vorladen (for wegen)
the Holy Writ (old, form)die Heilige Schrift

writ

[rɪt] n (Law) → mandato
to issue a writ against sb, serve a writ on sb → notificare un mandato di comparizione a qn
References in classic literature ?
Nor have I so read or interpreted Holy Writ, as to understand that the disclosure of human thoughts and deeds, then to be made, is intended as a part of the retribution.
There's a sermon now, writ in high heaven, and the sun goes through it every year, and yet comes out of it all alive and hearty.
The poor mulatto woman, whose simple faith had been well-nigh crushed and overwhelmed, by the avalanche of cruelty and wrong which had fallen upon her, felt her soul raised up by the hymns and passages of Holy Writ, which this lowly missionary breathed into her ear in intervals, as they were going to and returning from work; and even the half-crazed and wandering mind of Cassy was soothed and calmed by his simple and unobtrusive influences.
So I writ a letter while I was out, and put it in the post-office, telling of 'em how all was as 'tis; and that I should come down tomorrow to unload my mind of what little needs a-doing of down theer, and, most-like, take my farewell leave of Yarmouth.
For answer Sylvia hummed the first verse of that famous song writ by Kit Marlowe.
answered the Prior; ``for what saith holy writ, verbum Dominii projecterunt, et sapientia est nulla in eis they have cast forth the word of the Lord, and there is no wisdom in them; propterea dabo mulieres eorum exteris I will give their women to strangers, that is to the Templar, as in the present matter; et thesauros eorum h
To help my memory, I formed all I learned into the English alphabet, and writ the words down, with the translations.
Section 9, of the same article, clause 2 -- "The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.
Meantime the old salt ("ex-coasting skipper" was writ large all over his person) had hobbled up alongside in his bumpy, shiny boots, and, waving an arm, short and thick like the flipper of a seal, terminated by a paw red as an uncooked beef-steak, addressed the poop in a muffled, faint, roaring voice, as if a sample of every North-Sea fog of his life had been permanently lodged in his throat: "Haul 'em round, Mr.
It is also nearly the same in the treatise upon Laws which was writ afterwards, for which reason it will be proper in this place to consider briefly what he has there said upon government, for Socrates has thoroughly settled but very few parts of it; as for instance, in what manner the community of wives and children ought to be regulated, how property should be established, and government conducted.
Ronaldson looked down with a slightly pious expression which indicated, I felt sure, that they thought the quotation was from Holy Writ.
Then Mbonga emerged, a look of mingled wrath and superstitious fear writ upon his hideous countenance.