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cryptogram

[krip-tuh-gram] /ˈkrɪp təˌgræm/
noun
1.
a message or writing in code or cipher; cryptograph.
2.
an occult symbol or representation.
Origin of cryptogram
1875-1880
1875-80; crypto- + -gram1
Related forms
cryptogrammic, cryptogrammatic
[krip-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌkrɪp tə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cryptogrammatical, adjective
cryptogrammatist, noun
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  • "I forgot all about the texts—I was so interested in your reconstruction of the cryptogram," said Marsland.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • Then she asked me to explain how I had come to decipher the cryptogram.

  • The treasure of Cliff Farm is hidden somewhere in the farm, and the circle and the cryptogram are the keys.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • "North or south may be indicated in the cryptogram—when we discover it," said Marsland.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • For aught we know we may never have another opportunity to work on this cryptogram.

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • Therefore the sheet on which the cryptogram has been drawn was cut from the Bible.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • "You might leave this with me for a day or two," said Crewe, looking at the cryptogram earnestly.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • "Some one who has solved the cryptogram or got it solved for him," said Crewe.

    The Mystery of the Downs John R. Watson
  • He took the copy of the cryptogram from my writing-table and again examined it.

    Spies of the Kaiser William Le Queux
  • His special alphabet was in one hand, the cryptogram in the other.

Word Origin and History for cryptogram
n.

1880, from crypto- + gram "word, letter." A modern word coined in English; though the elements are Greek, the ancient Greeks would find it barbarous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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