substitution cipher


Definition of substitution cipher

: a cipher in which the letters of the plaintext are systematically replaced by substitute letters — compare transposition cipher

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Recent Examples on the Web Related Stories To solve the first two passages, codebreakers used vigenere, which is what cryptologists call a polyalphabetic substitution cipher system. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of substitution cipher

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of substitution cipher was in 1936

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“Substitution cipher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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