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From French brachygraphie, from Ancient Greek βραχύς (brakhús, short) + -γραφία (-graphía, writing).


brachygraphy (countable and uncountable, plural brachygraphies)

  1. (obsolete) A system of writing using abbreviations or special characters; shorthand.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.2.4:
      I would for these causes wish him that is melancholy [] to impose some task upon himself, to divert his melancholy thoughts: to study the art of memory [] , or practise brachygraphy, etc., that will ask a great deal of attention []