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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the scientific study of seals or signet rings.
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Origin of sphragistics

First recorded in 1830–40; see origin at sphragistic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for sphragistics


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

Word Origin for sphragistics

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