from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who uses, studies, or develops cryptographic systems and writings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who writes in cipher, or secret characters.
  • noun one who studies methods for encoding and decoding messages; one who studies cryptography.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who is an expert on creating codes and cyphers. Someone who studies cryptology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun decoder skilled in the analysis of codes and cryptograms


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cryptography +‎ -er


  • This was important to Schneier, who in addition to being America's best-known ex-cryptographer is a food writer for an alternative newspaper in Minneapolis, where he lives.

    Homeland Insecurity

  • You believe your cryptographer was the one that triggered the blackout?


  • While Schneier is best-known as a cryptographer and security expert,

    Slashdot: IT

  • Professor Toulmin elsewhere in his review criticizes the "tunnel vision" that led Mr. Williams to describe Alan Turing as nothing more than a "cryptographer," ignoring Turing's work as a computer theorist.

    Varieties of Antifascism

  • One can see why you're the author and I'm the cryptographer ...

    mrissa: Olympics post, take one

  • Educated at Amherst and later at Harvard, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, first as a cryptographer and then in combat, shocking experiences that became the source for the early villanelle "First Snow in Alsace" and the recent "Terza Rima."

    A Great Living Poet's Rare Art of Reticence

  • As a former cryptographer, I think the analogy captures the essence of the issue very well – there can be a huge discrepency between the effort to convincingly state a false argument and the effort to debunk it.

    Climate Change and Argumentative Fallacies

  • I fully agree on the "Get Smart" novelization, though actually I think "Get Smart Once Again!" is funnier, with Max teamed with a genius female cryptographer (which is apparently not someone who takes photos of cemeteries, as the running gag would have it) who is sick of being taken seriously and so acts like the proverbial dumb bunny throughout the plot, to Max's exasperation.

    MIND MELD: The Funniest Writers in the History of SF/F

  • A mathematician and former cryptographer at Bell Labs named Andrew Odlyzko has spent much of the past decade researching a forgotten stock mania.

    The Extraordinary Popular Delusion of Bubble Spotting

  • 'Warehouse 13: Season 2' In this science-fiction series, South Dakota's Warehouse 13 houses top-secret paranormal objects obtained by the government and maintained by a former cryptographer.

    TV on DVD


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