noun plural but usually singular in construction sphra·gis·tics \-ks\

Definition of sphragistics

  1. :  the science of seals and signets dealing especially with their history, age, distinctions of types, manner of use, and legal function :  sigillography

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Origin and Etymology of sphragistics

Late Greek sphragistikē (feminine of sphragistikos sphragistic) + English -s (plural suffix)

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