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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Definitions for paraph

  1. a flourish made after a signature, as in a document, originally as a precaution against forgery.

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Citations for paraph
The manuscript's most tantalizing feature is a scribal paraph with the initials IB at the end of Certain sonnets... H. R. Woudhuysen, Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts
His worried expression, however, was not just a mask for the moment. Of late, it had become his most distinctive feature, his peculiar paraph. Ken Anderson, The Statue Of Pan
Origin of paraph
1350-1400
Though early incarnations of paraph appear in Italian, Middle French, and Middle English, its earliest origins are Greek with para- meaning "beside" and the final -ph resulting from graphos, referring to text.
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