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graffiti

[gruh-fee-tee] /grəˈfi ti/
noun
1.
plural of graffito.
2.
(used with a plural verb) markings, as initials, slogans, or drawings, written, spray-painted, or sketched on a sidewalk, wall of a building or public restroom, or the like:
These graffiti are evidence of the neighborhood's decline.
3.
(used with a singular verb) such markings as a whole or as constituting a particular group:
Not much graffiti appears around here these days.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Italian, plural of graffito incised inscription or design, derivative with -ito -ite2 of graffiare to scratch, perhaps influenced by presumed Latin *graphīre to write; both probably derivative of Latin graphium stylus < Greek grapheîon; cf. graphic, grapho-, graft1
Related forms
graffitist, noun
Usage note
In formal speech and writing graffiti takes a plural verb. In less formal contexts it is sometimes considered a mass noun and is used with a singular verb. The singular graffito is found mostly in archaeological and other technical writing.

graffito

[gruh-fee-toh] /grəˈfi toʊ/
noun, plural graffiti
[gruh-fee-tee] /grəˈfi ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
Archaeology. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
2.
a single example of graffiti.
Origin
see graffiti
Usage note
See graffiti.
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British Dictionary definitions for graffiti's

graffiti

/ɡræˈfiːtiː/
plural noun (sing) -to (-təʊ)
1.
(sometimes with sing verb) drawings, messages, etc, often obscene, scribbled on the walls of public lavatories, advertising posters, etc
2.
(archaeol) inscriptions or drawings scratched or carved onto a surface, esp rock or pottery
Derived Forms
graffitist, noun
Word Origin
C19: graffito from Italian: a little scratch, from graffio, from Latin graphium stylus, from Greek grapheion; see graft1
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Word Origin and History for graffiti's

graffiti

n.

1851, for ancient wall inscriptions found in the ruins of Pompeii, from Italian graffiti, plural of graffito "a scribbling," a diminutive formation from graffio "a scratch or scribble," from graffiare "to scribble," ultimately from Greek graphein "to scratch, draw, write" (see -graphy). Sense extended 1877 to recently made crude drawings and scribbling.

graffito

n.

singular of graffiti (q.v.).

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