AskDefine | Define cacography

Dictionary Definition

cacography n : poor handwriting [syn: scribble, scratch, scrawl]

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Greek κακός (kakos, bad) + γραφος (graphos, writing). Believed to have been introduced in the late sixteenth century, with the emergence of printing technologies and standard lexicon, the need for orthographic spelling was mandatory as opposed to the prior method of spelling upon personal preference.


  1. Bad spelling.
  2. Bad handwriting.
  3. The act of exhibiting these traits

Usage notes

Seldom spoken.
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