One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.‘decentralized cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin now provide an outlet for personal wealth that is beyond restriction and confiscation’
- ‘A group of online entrepreneurs were planning to launch the new cryptocurrency on Thursday.’
- ‘What does your cryptocurrency allow people to do that they could not do otherwise, and how does it help them do existing tasks more quickly or cheaply?’
- ‘Bitcoin was the first widely used cryptocurrency, but few people know it is not the only one.’
- ‘The majority of cryptocurrency activity still appears to be speculative.’
- ‘Even with recent fluctuations, the total value of the cryptocurrency is still over eight billion USD.’
- ‘States will undoubtedly resist the spread of cryptocurrencies.’
- ‘Most successful cryptocurrencies have an active community where people devote time with no expectation of payment.’
- ‘If cryptocurrencies are like other speculative activities, the early players and the big players benefit to the detriment of the late entrants and the small players.’
- ‘As with all cryptocurrencies, price is based on supply and demand.’
- ‘Against all wisdom, I had invested $1,000 in bitcoin, the cryptocurrency whose value had been skyrocketing since the start of the year.’
- ‘A cryptocurrency may be hackable, but it can also be really, really, really hard to hack—harder than robbing a bank.’
Early 21st century: from crypto- + currency.
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