Par"aph (?), n. [F. paraphe, parafe, contr. fr. paragraphe.]

A flourish made with the pen at the end of a signature. In the Middle Ages, this formed a sort of rude safeguard against forgery.

Brande & C.


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Par"aph, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paraphed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Paraphing.] [Cf. F. parapher, parafer.]

To add a paraph to; to sign, esp. with the initials.


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