cryp·​to·​graph·​ic | \ ˌkrip-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce cryptographic (audio) \

Definition of cryptographic

: of, relating to, or using cryptography

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cryptographically \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cryptographic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cryptographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the generative art piece, Yard wrote 12 lines of code that randomised the cryptographic key of the first Tor onion website, which will soon be removed and revamped. Rashi Shrivastava, Forbes, 18 June 2021 He’s a Johns Hopkins University professor who’s worked on cryptographic technologies. Andy Meek, BGR, 6 Aug. 2021 Now Apple is debuting a new cryptographic system that seeks to thread that needle, detecting child abuse imagery stored on iCloud without—in theory–introducing new forms of privacy invasion. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 5 Aug. 2021 Security can be improved by applying blockchain and cryptographic encryption. Philipp Sandner, Forbes, 6 July 2021 What’s needed is a secure identity document, something like a digital driver’s license or state ID that comes with a secure cryptographic key. Albert Fox Cahn, Wired, 9 June 2021 NFTs are cryptographic tokens that represent something unique. Richard Ma, Forbes, 29 June 2021 For those unversed in crypto lingo, mining is a way of earning cryptocurrencies by solving cryptographic equations and algorithms through computers. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 June 2021 The world’s cryptographic systems rely on complex algorithms and keys to protect data, both at rest and in motion. Grégoire Ribordy, Forbes, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of cryptographic

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptographic

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.

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“Cryptographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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