Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (II) Communication of Ideas
Section III. Means of Communicating Ideas
3. Written Language

590. Writing.

   NOUN:WRITING &c. v.; chirography, stelography [rare], monography, stylography, cerography, graphology; pencraft, penmanship; quill driving [humorous]; typewriting.
  stroke -, dash- of the pen; coup de plume [F.]; line; headline; pen and ink.
  MANUSCRIPT, MS., writing, litterœ scriptœ [L.]; these presents [law].
  CHARACTER, letter [See Letter]; uncial writing, cuneiform character, arrowhead, contraction; Ogham, runes; hieroglyphic, hieratic, demotic, Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic, Roman; Arabic, Persian, Naskhi or Neskhi, Shikasta, Nasta’lik or Ta’lik; Brahmi, Devanagari, Nagari; Chinese; script.
  SHORTHAND; stenography, brachygraphy, tachygraphy; secret writing, writing in cipher; cryptography, steganography; phonography, pasigraphy, polygraphy [rare], logography.
  COPY; transcript, rescript; rough -, fair- copy; rough draft.
  HANDWRITING; signature, sign manual, mark, autograph, monograph, holograph; hand, fist [colloq.].
  CALLIGRAPHY; good -, running -, flowing -, cursive -, Italian -, slanting -, perpendicular -, round -, copybook -, fine -, legible -, bold- hand.
  CACOGRAPHY, griffonage [F.], barbouillage [F.]; bad -, cramped -, crabbed -, illegible- hand; scribble &c. v.; pattes de mouche [F.], fly tracks; ill-formed letters; pothooks and hangers.
  STATIONERY; pen, reed, quill, goose quill; pencil, style, stylograph, stylographic pen, fountain pen; paper, foolscap, parchment, vellum, papyrus, tablet, block, pad, notebook, memorandum book, copybook, commonplace-book; slate, marble, pillar, table; blackboard; ink-bottle, inkhorn, inkpot, inkstand, inkwell; typewriter.
  COMPOSITION, authorship; cacoëthes scribendi [L.]; graphomania; lucubration, production, work, preparation; screed, article, paper, pamphlet; book [See Book]; essay, theme, thesis; novel, textbook, poem, book of poems, book of verse; compilation, anthology; piece of music, morceau [F.] (musical composition) [See Music].
  transcription (copy) [See Copy]; inscription (record) [See Record]; superscription (indication) [See Indication].
  WRITER, scribe, amanuensis, scrivener, secretary, clerk, penman, copyist, transcriber, quill driver [humorous]; stenographer, brachygrapher, tachygrapher, phonographer, logographer, cipherer, cryptographer or cryptographist, steganographist; typewriter, typist; writer for the press (author) [See Book]; chirographer, cerographist; monographist, graphomaniac; calligraphist, calligrapher; cacographer; graphologist.
   VERB:WRITE, pen, typewrite, type [colloq.]; copy, engross; write out, – fair; transcribe; scribble, scrawl, scrabble, scratch; interline; take down in -shorthand, – longhand; spoil -, stain- paper [humorous]; note down; write down (record) [See Record]; sign (attest) [See Evidence]; enface.
  COMPOSE, indite, draw up, draft, formulate; dictate; inscribe, throw on paper, dash off; manifold.
  take up the pen, take pen in hand; shed -, spill -, dip one’s pen in- ink.
   ADJECTIVE:writing &c. v.; written &c. v.; in writing, in black and white; under one’s hand.
  uncial, runic, cuneiform, hieroglyphic or hieroglyphical, arrowhead &c. n.
  STENOGRAPHIC, phonographic, brachygraphic, cryptographic, pasigraphic, logographic, tachygraphic; stenographical &c.
   ADVERB:currente calamo [L.]; pen in hand; with the pen of a ready writer; that “the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein” [Bible].
  1. Audacter et sincere.
  2. Le style est l’homme même.
  3. Nature’s noblest gift—my gray goose quill.—Byron
  4. Scribendi recte sapere et principium et fons.—Horace
  5. That mighty instrument of little men.—Byron
  6. The pen became a clarion.—Longfellow