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cryp·tic

 (krĭp′tĭk) also cryp·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Having hidden meaning; mystifying. See Synonyms at mysterious.
2. Secret or occult.
3. Using code or cipher.
4. Biology Tending to conceal or camouflage: cryptic coloring.

[Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.]

cryp′ti·cal·ly adv.
cryp′tic·ness n.

cryptic

(ˈkrɪptɪk) or

cryptical

adj
1. hidden; secret; occult
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (esp of comments, sayings, etc) obscure in meaning
3. (Zoology) (of the coloration of animals) tending to conceal by disguising or camouflaging the shape
[C17: from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos concealed; see crypt]
ˈcryptically adv

cryp•tic

(ˈkrɪp tɪk)

also cryp′ti•cal,



adj.
1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling.
2. secret; occult: cryptic writing.
3. involving or using cipher or code.
4. Zool. fitted for concealing; serving to camouflage.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin crypticus < Greek kryptikós hidden]
cryp′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cryptic - of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
incomprehensible, inexplicable - incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
2.cryptic - having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"
3.cryptic - having a puzzling terseness; "a cryptic note"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"

cryptic

adjective mysterious, dark, coded, puzzling, obscure, vague, veiled, ambiguous, enigmatic, perplexing, arcane, equivocal, abstruse, Delphic, oracular I wondered just what he meant by that cryptic remark.

cryptic

adjective
Difficult to explain or understand:
Translations
غامِض، مُبْـهـم
záhadný
kryptiskmystiskuklar
dularfullur
mįslingas
mīklainsnoslēpumains
anlaşılması güçesrarengiz

cryptic

[ˈkrɪptɪk] ADJ [message, clue] → críptico; [comment] → enigmático, críptico; (= coded) → en clave

cryptic

[ˈkrɪptɪk] adj (= mysterious) [message, reference, remark] → énigmatique cryptic crossword

cryptic

adj remark etchintergründig, rätselhaft, schleierhaft; clue, riddle etcverschlüsselt; you’re being very crypticdu drückst dich sehr rätselhaft or schleierhaft aus

cryptic

[ˈkrɪptɪk] adj (mysterious) → oscuro/a; (puzzling) → enigmatico/a
cryptic crossword → cruciverba m a crittogramma

cryptic

(ˈkriptik) adjective
intentionally very difficult to understand or make sense of. a cryptic message.

cryp·tic

a. críptico-a, escondido-a.
References in classic literature ?
A Wade check is always honored," was his cryptic assertion.
Hence the name, which has no cryptic significance, but only fact.
While this cryptic conversation was in progress, Agravaine, his worst apprehensions realized, was trying to batter down the door.
I had made rather an evening of it, what with increase of funds and decrease of anxiety, but this cryptic admonition spoiled the remainder of my night.
The subject is the receiver of Godhead, and at every comparison must feel his being enhanced by that cryptic might.
The father and daughter would have been quite content, apparently, to eat their dinner in silence, or with a few cryptic remarks expressed in a shorthand which could not be understood by the servants.
I don't like cats as is women," was Alec's cryptic reply.
He mused over the cryptic wonder of it till the secrets of love were made clear and he felt a keen sympathy for lovers who carved their names on trees or wrote them on the beach- sands of the sea.
Daylight stared his amazement at this cryptic utterance.
or--and a subtler thought--was she mastered by some vaster, profounder superstition, a fetish-worship of which the Alpha and the Omega was the cryptic SAMUEL?
Powell thought with exasperation: "Here he goes again," for this utterance had nothing cryptic for him.
John looked puzzled, not quite understanding the portent of this cryptic saying.