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crypto-(word root) hidden
Examples of words with the root crypto-: cryptogram
Hidden; secret: cryptoclastic.
[From Greek kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.]
crypto-or before a vowel
secret, hidden, or concealed: cryptography; crypto-fascist.
[New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]
n., pl. -tos.
a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief.
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]