Pronounced: BREE-oh, noun

Notes: I don’t know this word, but it looks like an incomplete word

Yesterday’s word

The word rescript has multiple meanings, some of which you’d probably guess:

  • a written answer (as of a Roman emperor or a pope) to a written question or petition
  • an edict, decree, or official pronouncement
  • something rewritten
  • the act of rewriting
First usage

Our word came into English in the early-to-mid 1500s

Background / Comments

In the order of the definitions above, one can see how the meaning has changed over time: from a written response to a Roman emperor it became any official pronouncement, and then became more gradual to writing or re-writing. Our word comes from the Latin word rescrīptrum (an imperial rescript), which is a noun created from the neuter past participle rescrībere (to write back; reply).

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