Pronunciation : krip'tik
1. Having hidden meaning
2. Mystifying, difficult to explain or understand
3. Secret or occult
4. Using code or cipher
5. Biology : Tending to conceal or camouflage
Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide
• A cryptic message was written on the rock by the cave entrance.
• 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.
Cryptically : Adverb
Crypticness : Noun
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