[ krip-tol-uh-jee ]
/ krɪpˈtɒl ə dʒi /


the science and study of cryptanalysis and cryptography.

Nearby words

  1. cryptogrammatic,
  2. cryptograph,
  3. cryptographic,
  4. cryptography,
  5. cryptolith,
  6. cryptomenorrhea,
  7. cryptomeria,
  8. cryptomerorrhachischis,
  9. cryptometer,
  10. cryptomonad

Origin of cryptology

From the New Latin word cryptologia, dating back to 1635–45. See crypto-, -logy

Related formscryp·tol·o·gist, nouncryp·to·log·ic [krip-tl-oj-ik] /ˌkrɪp tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, cryp·to·log·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cryptology

  • Some of the spirits took pleasure in making tours de force in cryptology (secret writing).

    Mysterious Psychic Forces|Camille Flammarion

Word Origin and History for cryptology



1640s, from crypto- + -ology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper