calligraphy

[kuh-lig-ruh-fee]
noun
1.
fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes: She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.
2.
handwriting; penmanship.
3.
the art of writing beautifully: He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.
4.
a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, especially Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
5.
Fine Arts. line or a group of lines either derived from or resembling letter forms and characterized by qualities usually associated with cursive writing, especially that produced with a brush or pen.

Origin:
1605–15; < Greek kalligraphía beautiful writing. See calli-, -graphy

calligrapher, calligraphist, noun
calligraphic [kal-i-graf-ik] , calligraphical, adjective
calligraphically, adverb
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calligraphy (kəˈlɪɡrəfɪ)
 
n
Also called: chirography handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an art
 
cal'ligrapher
 
n
 
cal'ligraphist
 
n
 
calligraphic
 
adj
 
calli'graphically
 
adv

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calligraphy
1610s, from Gk. kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write" (see graph). Related: Calligraphic. The usual comb. form in Gk. was kalli- "beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;" kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form.
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Example sentences
The history of calligraphy itself, however, was not peaceful.
His own calligraphy adorned the vessel and, according to the official line, his
  leadership has seen the project through.
She taught calligraphy and still displays a fine italic hand.
She is known for her complex abstractions, which incorporate graphic elements
  borrowed from architecture and calligraphy.
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