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Singular of graffiti.

[Italian, diminutive of graffio, a scratching, scribble, probably from graffiare, to scratch, scribble, probably from Vulgar Latin *graphiāre, to write with a stylus, from Latin graphium, stylus, from Greek grapheion, graphion, from graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.]


(grəˈfi toʊ)

n., pl. -ti (-ti)
1. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
2. a single example of graffiti.
[see graffiti]
usage: See graffiti.


A drawing or inscription carved or scratched onto a surface such as a rock or piece of pottery, or on the wall of an ancient building.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.graffito - a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
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In his written description of the graffito, Halwani has said that perhaps figures like Gibran should be depicted on Lebanese currency, "to show tourists coming from abroad the genius of our citizens instead of bragging about the weather."
The graffito, which resides on Abdel-Wahab Street in Ashrafieh, represents Halwani painting Tasso.
The hierarchy that I establish for these graffiti is not absolute, and readers may feel free to disagree with my assessment of one graffito as more or less elaborate than another.
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