One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A text written in code.
symbols, signs, ciphers, codeView synonyms
- ‘Melvin Way makes cryptograms in which he embeds formulas and diagrams intricately woven from letters, words, phrases, numbers, and designs.’
- ‘Others look at security as a kind of puzzle, like the cryptograms on the comics page of the newspaper, only with more at stake.’
- ‘Will solving crossword puzzles prevent my intellectual decline or decoding cryptograms do the same for my wife?’
- ‘In any case, puzzle fanatics will enjoy the many riddles, illusions, cryptograms and other mind-benders offered for analysis.’
- ‘As one who grew up with a love for cryptograms, Encyclopedia Brown, logic puzzles and adventure games, I felt let down by the book; it could have offered me so much more than it did.’
- ‘The games include crosswords, hangman and cryptogram.’
- ‘In a book like this, one would expect to discover some allegorical message or a hidden cryptogram.’
- ‘These puzzles come in two flavors: puzzles where you must put things back together (like torn up pictures) and puzzles where you must solve cryptograms (that is, decode messages).’
- ‘He assumed that the symbols in the cryptogram were properly broken up into English words and proceeded from there, eventually using a computer to check for patterns and sort through various possibilities.’
- ‘There are cryptograms - on that level it's almost espionage poetry, but there's also the straightforward word play that seems to come out of early childhood - often mixed in a rhizomic way with complex espionage techniques.’
- ‘This cryptogram is typical of the allusiveness of the poem, part of which is now impenetrable.’
- ‘Now at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he solved the first of Tyler's cryptograms, which consisted of a long string of various typographic symbols.’
- ‘When my brother and I were at camp, he sent us cryptograms.’
2A symbol or figure with secret or occult significance.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.