crypt·​anal·​y·​sis | \ˌkrip-tə-ˈna-lə-səs \

Definition of cryptanalysis 

1 : the solving of cryptograms or cryptographic systems

2 : the theory of solving cryptograms or cryptographic systems : the art of devising methods for cryptanalysis

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cryptanalytic \ˌkrip-​ˌta-​nə-​ˈli-​tik \ or less commonly cryptanalytical \ˌkrip-​ˌta-​nə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl \ adjective

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Apart from the everyday women who broke new ground in the field of cryptanalysis, there are a few women whose absence from our nation’s historical memory is even more egregious. Liza Mundy, Smithsonian, "Why We Need to Start Building Monuments to Groundbreaking Women," 1 Mar. 2018 Her groundbreaking cryptanalytic work during and before World War II saved countless lives and immeasurably advanced the field of cryptanalysis, or codebreaking, and with it the science of encryption and cybersecurity. Liza Mundy, Slate Magazine, "The groundbreaking female naval cryptographer who helped change the course of World War II.," 10 Oct. 2017 Turing was somewhat dismissive of US cryptanalysis, believing the Americans to rely too heavily on machinery instead of thought. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Alan Turing’s Extraordinary, Tragically Short Life: A Timeline," 18 June 2012

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First Known Use of cryptanalysis

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cryptanalysis

crypt- + analysis

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