[ pol-ee-al-fuh-bet-ik, pol-ee- ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌæl fəˈbɛt ɪk, ˌpɒl i- /
a system of substitution that mixes together a number of cipher alphabets in a cryptogram so that each plaintext letter is represented by a cipher that repeatedly changes.
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Compare monoalphabetic substitution.
Origin of polyalphabetic substitution
1935–40; poly- + alphabetic
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