writing on the wall


writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
a style or manner of writing by hand, especially that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship: an eccentric handwriting.
a handwritten document; manuscript.
handwriting on the wall, a premonition, portent, or clear indication, especially of failure or disaster: The company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy. Also, writing on the wall.

1375–1425; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing

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handwriting (ˈhændˌraɪtɪŋ)
1.  writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
2.  a person's characteristic writing style: that signature is in my handwriting

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Word Origin & History

1500, from hand + writing (see write), translating L. manuscriptum. Hand in the sense of "handwriting, style of writing" is from 1390.
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Handwriting definition

(Col. 2:14). The "blotting out the handwriting" is the removal by the grace of the gospel of the condemnation of the law which we had broken.

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writing on the wall

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