charactery

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

charactery (plural characteries)

  1. (obsolete) The art or means of characterizing; a system of signs or characters; symbolism; distinctive mark.
    Fairies use flowers for their charactery. — Shakespeare.
    • 1818, John Keats, When I have fears that I may cease to be
      When I have fears that I may cease to be
      Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
      Before high piled books, in charact`ry,
      Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;
  2. (obsolete) That which is charactered; the meaning.
    I will construe to thee / All the charactery of my sad brows. — Shakespeare.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.