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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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.
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cryptic

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

cryptic

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

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

adj remark etchintergründig, rätselhaft, schleierhaft; clue, riddle etcverschlüsselt; you’re being very crypticdu drückst dich sehr rätselhaft or schleierhaft aus
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cryptic

[ˈkrɪptɪk] adj (mysterious) → oscuro/a; (puzzling) → enigmatico/a
cryptic crossword → cruciverba m a crittogramma
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cryptic

(ˈkriptik) adjective
intentionally very difficult to understand or make sense of. a cryptic message.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

cryp·tic

a. críptico-a, escondido-a.
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