Definition of cacography in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈkɒɡrəfi/


[mass noun] archaic
Bad handwriting or spelling.
Example sentences
  • ‘We have a national affliction, and it's called cacography - that means ‘illegible handwriting.’
  • He blows off his steam with such an eagerness that he forgets for a time, or nearly forgets, his cacography.
  • And yet, upon careful examination we find a method, a system, in his orthography, or rather in his cacography.



Example sentences
  • I need to know if there are any cacographers strong enough to write the misspell that infected her.
  • I am a cacographer, though both of my uncle and aunt are calligraphers, and my mother is a painting teacher.
  • The police chief, the owner of the laundromat, half of the samba band, the entire municipal council, the town floozy - they were all nematodes: roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, whipworms and cacographers.


Late 16th century: from Greek kakos 'bad', on the pattern of orthography.

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