crypto-


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crypto-

or crypt-
pref.
Hidden; secret: cryptoclastic.

[From Greek kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.]

crypto-

or before a vowel

crypt-

combining form
secret, hidden, or concealed: cryptography; crypto-fascist.
[New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]

cryp•to

(ˈkrɪp toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief.
[1945–50; independent use of crypto-; cf -o]

crypto-

a combining form meaning “hidden,” “not perceived immediately or with certainty” ( cryptozoology), “secret” (cryptogram), “not professing openly” ( crypto-fascist), “pertaining to cryptograms” ( cryptology).
[comb. form representing Greek kryptós hidden. See crypt]
Translations

crypto-

[ˈkrɪptəʊ] PREFIXcripto-

crypto-

[ˈkrɪptəʊ-] prefixcrypto
a crypto-fascist → un cryptofasciste
a crypto-communist → un cryptocommuniste

crypto-

prefKrypto-, krypto-