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graphology

[gra-fol-uh-jee] /græˈfɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer's character, personality, abilities, etc.
2.
Linguistics. the study of systems of writing; grammatology.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; grapho- + -logy
Related forms
graphologic
[graf-uh-loj-ik] /ˌgræf əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
graphological, adjective
graphologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for graph ology

graphology

/ɡræˈfɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of handwriting, esp to analyse the writer's character
2.
(linguistics) the study of writing systems
Derived Forms
graphologic (ˌɡræfəˈlɒdʒɪk), graphological, adjective
graphologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for graph ology

graphology

n.

"study of handwriting," 1882, from French graphologie, coined 1868 by Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon (1806-1881) from comb. form of Greek graphein "to write" (see -graphy) + logos "a speaking, a dealing with" (see logos). Especially, "character study based on handwriting" (1886).

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Encyclopedia Article for graph ology

graphology

inference of character from a person's handwriting. The theory underlying graphology is that handwriting is an expression of personality; hence, a systematic analysis of the way words and letters are formed can reveal traits of personality. Graphologists note such elements as the size of individual letters and the degree and regularity of slanting, ornamentation, angularity, and curvature. Other basic considerations are the general appearance and impression of the writing, the pressure of upward and downward strokes, and the smoothness of the writing. For example, analytic graphologists interpret large handwriting as a sign of ambition and small handwriting as a sign of pedantry. Graphologists have cautioned that the validity of handwriting analysis can be subverted by such considerations as myopia and the loss of motor control. In general, the scientific basis for graphological interpretations of personality is questionable. (See also calligraphy; Spencerian penmanship.)

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