From Middle English writ, iwrit, ȝewrit, from Old English writ ("letter, book, treatise; scripture, writing; writ, charter, document, deed") and ġewrit, from Proto-Germanic *writą ("fissure, writing"), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey-, *wrī-. Cognate with Scots writ ("writ, writing, handwriting"), Icelandic rit ("writing, writ, literary work, publication").
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