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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, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, 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 […].