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chirography

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noun chi·rog·ra·phy \kī-ˈrä-grə-fē\

Definition of chirography

chirographer

play \-fər\ noun

chirographic

play \ˌkī-rə-ˈgra-fik\ or

chirographical

play \-fi-kəl\ adjective


Did You Know?

Some might argue that handwriting is a dying art in this age of electronic communication. Nevertheless, we have a fancy word for it. The root graph means "writing and appears in many common English words such as "autograph" and "graphite." The lesser-known root "chir," or "chiro-," comes from a Greek word meaning "hand" and occurs in words such as "chiromancy" ("the art of palm reading") and "enchiridion" ("a handbook or manual"), as well as "chiropractic." "Chirography" first appeared in English in the 17th century and probably derived from "chirograph," a now rare word referring to a legal document or indenture. "Chirography" should not be confused with "choreography," which refers to the composition and arrangement of dances.

1631

First Known Use of chirography

1631


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