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graphology

[gra-fol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer's character, personality, abilities, etc.
  2. Linguistics. the study of systems of writing; grammatology.
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Origin of graphology

First recorded in 1875–80; grapho- + -logy
Related formsgraph·o·log·ic [graf-uh-loj-ik] /ˌgræf əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, graph·o·log·i·cal, adjectivegraph·ol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for graphology

Historical Examples

  • Concerning the value of graphology see my Manual for Examining Judges.

    Criminal Psychology

    Hans Gross

  • In this study, as in that of graphology and chiromancy, a deductive power of mind is required.

  • Anyone who understands Graphology can tell by simply examining your handwriting just what sort of a person you are.

    Magic

    Ellis Stanyon

  • Graphology, for instance, is naturally related to the functional action and to the characteristics of the hand itself.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

  • Graphology cards are an idea of the moment, and seem likely to prove more than a passing fad.


British Dictionary definitions for graphology

graphology

noun
  1. the study of handwriting, esp to analyse the writer's character
  2. linguistics the study of writing systems
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Derived Formsgraphologic (ˌɡræfəˈlɒdʒɪk) or graphological, adjectivegraphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for graphology

n.

"study of handwriting," 1882, from French graphologie, coined 1868 by Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon (1806-1881) from comb. form of Greek graphein "to write" (see -graphy) + logos "a speaking, a dealing with" (see logos). Especially, "character study based on handwriting" (1886).

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