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  • n. A person who deciphers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who deciphers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who interprets what is written in ciphers, or reads what is written obscurely.

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

  • n. the kind of intellectual who converts messages from a code to plain text
  • n. a reader capable of reading and interpreting illegible or obscure text


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  • Sibylline Leaves of 1817, in the title of which is implicit the same play of meaning suggested by Mary's authorial persona, self-characterized as the "decipherer" of these discoveries in the "slight Sibylline pages" (pp. 3, 4).

    Paley, "Apocalypse Without Millennium"

  • Mabel became the first real decipherer of Emily's poems, almost by accident.

    Lyndall Gordon's "Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson & Her Family's Feuds"

  • Because he finds himself radically inscrutable, Ashbery is, more thoroughly than any other poet of our era, a reader of his own poems, a decipherer, often (like his readers) suspended in a state of anxious partial knowledge.


  • As soon as you turn your back on the uncertain sunrise and enter your office building, you cease to be Miguel Sáenz, the civil servant discernible behind the wrinkled gray suit, round, wire-rimmed glasses, and fearful gaze, and become Turing, decipherer of secrets, relentless pursuer of encoded messages, the pride of the Black Chamber.

    Excerpt: Turing's Delirium by Edmundo Paz Soldan

  • According to the law of probabilities, in a well-constructed cipher there would be two, three, or even four hundred chances against one, that in each mark the decipherer would not discover the syllable of which it was the representative.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Walsingham spies therefore frequently offered to carry letters for him, and eventually the treacherous Gilbert Gifford a seminarist who afterwards got himself made priest in order to carry on his deceits with less suspicion contrived a channel of correspondence, in which every letter was sent to or from Mary passed through the hands of Elizabeth's decipherer Thomas Phellips, and was copied by him.

    Mary Queen of Scots

  • Sometimes I have thought, that, obscure and chaotic as they are, they owe their present form to me, their decipherer.

    Introduction, I.1

  • For suppose that ciphers were well managed, there be multitudes of them which exclude the decipherer.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • The two parties being confronted before him, each produced a book of accounts written in a language and character that would have puzzled any but a High Dutch commentator or a learned decipherer of Egyptian obelisks.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • With the celebrated Williams murders, on the contrary, he was entirely taken up, since these proceeded in accordance with designs not traceable to the cursory glance, but which tasked the skill of a decipherer to interpret and reduce to harmony.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863


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