chirography


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chi·rog·ra·phy

 (kī-rŏg′rə-fē)
n.
Penmanship.

chi·rog′ra·pher n.
chi′ro·graph′ic (kī′rə-grăf′ĭk), chi′ro·graph′i·cal adj.

chirography

(kaɪˈrɒɡrəfɪ)
n
(Art Terms) another name for calligraphy
chiˈrographer n
chirographic, ˌchiroˈgraphical adj

chi•rog•ra•phy

(kaɪˈrɒg rə fi)

n.
handwriting; penmanship.
[1645–55]
chi•rog′ra•pher, n.
chi`ro•graph′ic (-rəˈgræf ɪk) chi`ro•graph′i•cal, adj.

chirography, cheirography

1. the penmanship of a person, especially when used in an important document, as in an apostolic letter written and signed by the pope.
2. the art of beautiful penmanship; calligraphy. — chirograph, chirographer, n.chirographic, chirographical, adj.
See also: Writing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chirography - beautiful handwritingchirography - beautiful handwriting    
handwriting, script, hand - something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
References in classic literature ?
This envelope had the air of an official record of some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials than at present.
Unconsciously my chirography expands into placard capitals.
After all, the point is not whether Lewis Miles signed his own initials or even if he had any part in the construction of the object, but that the hand that inscribes bears the assurance of consistency (in chirography and vernacular style across a number of the "Dave" inscriptions) such that the writing itself becomes another kind of signature, whose referent is not so much a person as it is a spatial and temporal presence in the absence of personhood.