cryptanalyst

noun
crypt·​an·​a·​lyst | \ krip-ˈta-nə-list How to pronounce cryptanalyst (audio) \

Definition of cryptanalyst

: a specialist in cryptanalysis

Examples of cryptanalyst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moody stayed with the SIS, as a staff cryptanalyst focused on signals collection in Eastern Europe. Susan Seubert, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2021 It’s the fascinating story of cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman, who took down gangsters and Nazis and laid the foundation for modern codebreaking. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2021 And even though its also rare to find a statue of a male cryptanalyst, there are plenty of World War II soldiers valorized for their bravery with a monument. Liza Mundy, Smithsonian, 1 Mar. 2018 Agnes Meyer was a brilliant young teacher who would become one of the great cryptanalysts of all time. Born in 1889 in Illinois, Meyer studied mathematics, music, physics, and foreign languages. Liza Mundy, Slate Magazine, 10 Oct. 2017 The messages took months to decode, but in 1949 an FBI cryptanalyst discovered that a member of the British Embassy was spying for the KGB. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 10 Jan. 2017 In a move that would begin one of the most unusual pursuits in the history of American code-breaking — one that would remain largely unreported until now — the job was assigned to a rising star in the FBI, a cryptanalyst named Daniel Olson. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2010 The messages took months to decode, but in 1949 an FBI cryptanalyst discovered that a member of the British Embassy was spying for the KGB. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cryptanalyst

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptanalyst

crypt- + analyst

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“Cryptanalyst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptanalyst. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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