- 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).
Origin of cryptanalysis
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- the study of codes and ciphers; cryptography
Word Origin for cryptanalysis
C20: from cryptograph + analysis
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