from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of writing; also, using the art of writing.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to writing


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  • It's obvious now that most of my scriptorial attempts were outrageously pretentious, appallingly twee, but I considered each one the height of cool – the proper handwriting for an aspiring Bohemian, a future writer, a deeply sensitive person who wrote deeply sensitive poetry and then burned it in the sink, weeping.

    Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting

  • I'm off at a writing seminar/tourist adventure this week but my scriptorial skills have DEFINITELY gone down hill.

    Twilight Zone: Where even the lowly RUPEE is stronger than the dollar!

  • Of course, it does make an idiot plot slightly more believable if your protagonist is clearly an idiot in this case, an idiot savant, one assumes; in another interesting mea culpa, one character actually notes that "people don't actually talk that way" when Cage spouts a particularly cloth-eared piece of scriptorial drivel.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • The aborigines were at the time of discovery, and indeed most of them remain today, in the prescriptorial stage of culture, i.e., the stage in which ideas are crystallized, not by means of arbitrary symbols, but by means of arbitrary associations, (18) and in this stage names are connotive or descriptive, rather than denotive as in the scriptorial stage.

    The Siouan Indians

  • These crude essays in graphic art were the germ of writing, and indicate that, at the time of discovery, several Siouan tribes were near the gateway opening into the broader field of scriptorial culture.

    The Siouan Indians


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