sphragistics

[ sfruh-jis-tiks ]
/ sfrəˈdʒɪs tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the scientific study of seals or signet rings.

Nearby words

  1. sphingosine,
  2. sphinx,
  3. sphinx moth,
  4. sphinxlike,
  5. sphragistic,
  6. sphygmic,
  7. sphygmic interval,
  8. sphygmo-,
  9. sphygmochronograph,
  10. sphygmogram

Origin of sphragistics

First recorded in 1830–40; see origin at sphragistic, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for sphragistics

sphragistics

/ (sfrəˈdʒɪstɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the study of seals and signet rings
Derived Formssphragistic, adjective

Word Origin for sphragistics

C19: from Greek sphragistikos, from sphragizein to seal, from sphragis a seal

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