Definition of cryptogram in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkriptəˌɡram/


1A text written in code.
Example sentences
  • Others look at security as a kind of puzzle, like the cryptograms on the comics page of the newspaper, only with more at stake.
  • Melvin Way makes cryptograms in which he embeds formulas and diagrams intricately woven from letters, words, phrases, numbers, and designs.
  • In a book like this, one would expect to discover some allegorical message or a hidden cryptogram.
2A symbol or figure with secret or occult significance.
Example sentences
  • In his later years, he assembled a book of Biblical passages showing that his discoveries were a prelude to the Day of Judgment, and took to signing his name with an elaborate Christological cryptogram.
  • The inverted five-pointed star, or Cross of Malta is used as a cryptogram for Baphomet.
  • Bradley raised his arm and checked the tenderness of his forearm; four cryptograms were carved into his flesh.

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Syllabification: cryp·to·gram

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