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chirography

[kahy-rog-ruh-fee] /kaɪˈrɒg rə fi/
noun
1.
handwriting; penmanship.
Origin of chirography
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; chiro- + -graphy
Related forms
chirographer, noun
chirographic
[kahy-ruh-graf-ik] /ˌkaɪ rəˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
chirographical, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chirography
Historical Examples
  • I am writing this on the train as the intelligent readers will gather from the chirography.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Instantly recognizing the chirography, he asked where I was.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • It was in fact, to him, his father's name and chirography, and no one's else.

    The Spirit Land

    Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons
  • His chirography always was abominable; but now it is outrageous.

  • No, for the chirography was not mine—it was identical with all the rest of the writing.

  • The writing is apparently a woman's, but the chirography is smaller than the Girl's.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • They are both the same in stationery and chirography, but not in literature.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • The writing as an example of the chirography of the century is of interest.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
  • The single missive was directed to herself, in a chirography which she well knew.

    Angel Agnes

    Wesley Bradshaw
  • George W. Peck's hand is of the free and independent order of chirography.

    Remarks Bill Nye
British Dictionary definitions for chirography

chirography

/kaɪˈrɒɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
another name for calligraphy
Derived Forms
chirographer, noun
chirographic (ˌkaɪrəˈɡræfɪk), chirographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for chirography
n.

"handwriting," 1650s, from chiro- + -graphy. Chirograph "formal written legal document" is attested from late 13c. in Anglo-French, from Latin chirographum, from Greek kheirographia "written testimony."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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