cryptology

noun
cryp·​tol·​o·​gy | \ krip-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce cryptology (audio) \

Definition of cryptology

: the scientific study of cryptography and cryptanalysis

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from cryptology

cryptological \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce cryptological (audio) \ or cryptologic \ ˌkrip-​tə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce cryptologic (audio) \ adjective
cryptologist \ krip-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce cryptologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of cryptology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maximator’s history is a fine illustration of the layers of chicanery involved in good cryptology. The Economist, "Sharing intelligence Maximator, a European spy pact to rival the Five Eyes, comes to light," 26 May 2020 Widely regarded as the father of American cryptology, Friedman had known Hagelin since the 1930s. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 Kjell-Ove Widman, a mathematics professor in Stockholm, had made a name for himself in European academic circles with his research on cryptology. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 In Carr's estimation, the sender of the envelopes likely had a more sophisticated knowledge of cryptology than just brevity codes. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, CNN, "How the FBI tracked down 'the spy who couldn't spell'," 1 Nov. 2019 Last year, China had nearly twice as many patent filings as the United States for quantum technology overall, a category that includes communications and cryptology devices, according to market research firm Patinformatics. Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post, "The quantum revolution is coming, and Chinese scientists are at the forefront," 18 Aug. 2019 Located in Fort Meade, Maryland, the NSA has thousands of military employees, many with a background in cryptology, many with homes in the towns of Bowie and Crofton. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, CNN, "How the FBI tracked down 'the spy who couldn't spell'," 1 Nov. 2019 Others areas include automobiles, cryptology, healthcare, lockpicking and wireless networks. Reuters, Fortune, "Hackers Will Be Breaking Into Voting Machines This Weekend," 28 July 2017 The untold story of Elizebeth Smith, who with her husband, William Friedman, was a pioneer in the field of modern cryptology. David Martindale, star-telegram.com, "What you’re going to be reading this summer," 26 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cryptology.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cryptology

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptology

crypto- + -logy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cryptology

Time Traveler for cryptology

Time Traveler

The first known use of cryptology was in 1844

See more words from the same year

Statistics for cryptology

Last Updated

3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cryptology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptology. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on cryptology

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cryptology

Comments on cryptology

What made you want to look up cryptology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!