[gra-fol-uh-jee] /græˈfɒl ə dʒi/

the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer’s character, personality, abilities, etc.
Linguistics. the study of systems of writing; grammatology.
the study of handwriting, esp to analyse the writer’s character
(linguistics) the study of writing systems

“study of handwriting,” 1882, from French graphologie, coined 1868 by Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon (1806-1881) from comb. form of Greek graphein “to write” (see -graphy) + logos “a speaking, a dealing with” (see logos). Especially, “character study based on handwriting” (1886).


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