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[gra-fol-uh-jee] /græˈfɒl ə dʒi/
the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer's character, personality, abilities, etc.
Linguistics. the study of systems of writing; grammatology.
Origin of graphology
First recorded in 1875-80; grapho- + -logy
Related forms
[graf-uh-loj-ik] /ˌgræf əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
graphological, adjective
graphologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for graphology
Historical Examples
  • Concerning the value of graphology see my Manual for Examining Judges.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • In this study, as in that of graphology and chiromancy, a deductive power of mind is required.

  • Anyone who understands graphology can tell by simply examining your handwriting just what sort of a person you are.

    Magic Ellis Stanyon
  • graphology, for instance, is naturally related to the functional action and to the characteristics of the hand itself.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • graphology cards are an idea of the moment, and seem likely to prove more than a passing fad.

    Dinners and Luncheons Paul Pierce
  • graphology enables us to read the character of a person in the hand-writing which he produces.

    A Fleece of Gold Charles Stewart Given
British Dictionary definitions for graphology


the study of handwriting, esp to analyse the writer's character
(linguistics) the study of writing systems
Derived Forms
graphologic (ˌɡræfəˈlɒdʒɪk), graphological, adjective
graphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for graphology

"study of handwriting," 1882, from French graphologie, coined 1868 by Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon (1806-1881) from comb. form of Greek graphein "to write" (see -graphy) + logos "a speaking, a dealing with" (see logos). Especially, "character study based on handwriting" (1886).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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