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chirography Syllabification: chi·rog·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /kīˈräɡrəfē/

Definition of chirography in English:

noun

Handwriting, especially as distinct from typography.
Example sentences
  • It does, indeed contribute to render spoken discourse more effective, but so does elegant chirography or clear typography improve the effectiveness of written thought.
  • The picturesque, to be sure, is equally deficient in his chirography and in his poetical productions.
  • As can be seen, even the adequate classification of chirography in relation to other picture signs, or other tracings on surfaces, remains a task for the future.

Derivatives

chirographic

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Pronunciation: /ˌkīrəˈɡrafik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In Orality and Literacy, Ong is careful to trace distinctions between oral, chirographic, manuscript, and print culture.
  • That is, all knowledge is mediated via either typographic or chirographic words on a page, or even on a screen.
  • As Caesar complains, a move to a chirographic culture changes how that culture views and uses memory.

Words that rhyme with chirography

autobiography, bibliography, biography, cardiography, cartography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, hagiography, historiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, stenography, topography, typography

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