charactery

[ kar-ik-tuh-ree, -tree ]
/ ˈkær ɪk tə ri, -tri /

noun

the use of characters or symbols for the expression of meaning.
characters or symbols collectively.

Origin of charactery

First recorded in 1580–90; character + -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for charactery

charactery
/ (ˈkærɪktərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -teries archaic

the use of symbols to express thoughts
the group of symbols so used
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