cryptanalysis

[ krip-tuh-nal-uh-sis ]
/ ˌkrɪp təˈnæl ə sɪs /

noun

the procedures, processes, methods, etc., used to translate or interpret secret writings, as codes and ciphers, for which the key is unknown.
the science or study of such procedures.Compare cryptography(def 1).

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Origin of cryptanalysis

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; crypt(ogram) + analysis
Related formscrypt·an·a·lyt·ic [krip-tan-l-it-ik] /ˌkrɪp tæn lˈɪt ɪk/, adjectivecrypt·an·a·lyt·i·cal·ly, adverbcrypt·an·a·lyst [krip-tan-l-ist] /krɪpˈtæn l ɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptanalysis

cryptanalysis

/ (ˌkrɪptəˈnælɪsɪs) /

noun

the study of codes and ciphers; cryptography

Derived Formscryptanalytic (ˌkrɪptænəˈlɪtɪk), adjectivecryptanalyst, noun

Word Origin for cryptanalysis

C20: from cryptograph + analysis
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