cryp·​to·​graph·​ic ˌkrip-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce cryptographic (audio)
: of, relating to, or using cryptography
cryptographically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This makes quantum computers super powerful for certain kinds of tasks, like factoring large numbers and (maybe one day) cracking cryptographic codes. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 The specifics of the mixing process are unique to every crypto mixer, and users are able to verify/confirm the crypto that was deposited via a number of cryptographic techniques that – again – vary from protocol to protocol. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 Since then, the idea of quantum money has become hugely influential, forming the basis of numerous experiments and quantum cryptographic techniques that have become routine. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2022 Years after it was proved vulnerable and insecure, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology said on Thursday that the SHA-1 cryptographic algorithm should be removed from all software platforms by December 31, 2030. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 17 Dec. 2022 Most online communications, including financial transactions and popular text-messaging platforms, are protected by cryptographic keys that would take a conventional computer millions of years to decipher. Stephen Witt, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 That means adopting tools and technologies that abstract away underlying cryptographic primitives and that can change readily. Patrick Walsh, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 There’s no assurance that a particular cryptographic scheme will work in the face of any possible attack. Leila Sloman, Quanta Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 There’s no way to retrieve the cryptographic secrets stored in the authenticators short of physically dismantling the device or subjecting it to a jailbreak or rooting attack. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


crypto(graphy) + -graphic

Note: New Latin cryptographicus was already in use by Erycius Puteanus in 1612 (see note at cryptography), though this early occurrence is unlikely to have been the source of the English word.

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cryptographic was in 1824

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“Cryptographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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