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calligraphy

[kuh-lig-ruh-fee] /kəˈlɪg rə fi/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < Greek kalligraphía beautiful writing. See calli-, -graphy
Related forms
calligrapher, calligraphist, noun
calligraphic
[kal-i-graf-ik] /ˌkæl ɪˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
calligraphical, adjective
calligraphically, adverb
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Examples from the web for calligraphy
  • 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.
  • The stage floor was carpeted with large open books whose white pages were covered with bold calligraphy.
  • The discussions in this article seems to border on calligraphy vs typography.
  • She bares an undistinguished tattoo, a cross and calligraphy.
  • calligraphy often plays a leading role in them, and their painted borders can be as seductive as the images themselves.
  • Samurai generals practiced calligraphy, took up flower arranging, and played the lute.
  • As many fellow posters have pointed out, many simplified characters have been used in calligraphy many centuries ago.
British Dictionary definitions for calligraphy

calligraphy

/kəˈlɪɡrəfɪ/
noun
1.
handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an art Also called chirography
Derived Forms
calligrapher, calligraphist, noun
calligraphic (ˌkælɪˈɡræfɪk) adjective
calligraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for calligraphy
n.

1610s, from Greek kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Calligraphic. The usual comb. form in Greek was kalli- "beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;" kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form.

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