Definition of rhyparography
1 : the painting or literary depiction of mean, unworthy, or sordid subjects
2 : the painting of genre or still-life pictures
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Origin and Etymology of rhyparography
Greek rhyparographos painting sordid subjects (from rhyparos filthy, dirty + -graphos writing, painting—from graphein to write—) + English -y
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