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 (krĭp′tĭk) also cryp·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
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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Adj.1.cryptical - 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.cryptical - 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"
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