Dictionary.com

cryptography

[ krip-tog-ruh-fee ]
/ krɪpˈtɒg rə fi /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: cryptography / cryptographer on Thesaurus.com

noun
the science or study of the techniques of secret writing, especially code and cipher systems, methods, and the like.Compare cryptanalysis (def. 2).
the procedures, processes, methods, etc., of making and using secret writing, as codes or ciphers.
anything written in a secret code, cipher, or the like.

COMPARE COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS

These are smilar words, and share related meanings, but their uses are very different. Click on the buttons to learn more about these commonly confused words.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of cryptography

First recorded in 1635–45; crypto- + -graphy

OTHER WORDS FROM cryptography

cryp·tog·ra·pher, cryp·tog·ra·phist, nouncryp·to·graph·ic [krip-tuh-graf-ik], /ˌkrɪp təˈgræf ɪk/, cryp·to·graph·i·cal, cryp·tog·ra·phal, adjectivecryp·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use cryptography in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cryptography

cryptography

cryptology (krɪpˈtɒlədʒɪ)

/ (krɪpˈtɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun
the science or study of analysing and deciphering codes, ciphers, etc; cryptanalysis

Derived forms of cryptography

cryptographer, cryptographist or cryptologist, nouncryptographic (ˌkrɪptəˈɡræfɪk) or cryptographical, adjectivecryptographically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for cryptography

cryptography

The science of coding and decoding messages so as to keep these messages secure. Coding (see encryption) takes place using a key that ideally is known only by the sender and intended recipient of the message.

notes for cryptography

Historically used in warfare, cryptography is now used routinely in computer networks. This often pits the desire of individuals and businesses to keep Internet information private against the need of government to investigate crime and terrorism.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK