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cryptic

[krip-tik] /ˈkrɪp tɪk/
adjective, Also, cryptical
1.
mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous:
a cryptic message.
2.
abrupt; terse; short:
a cryptic note.
3.
secret; occult:
a cryptic writing.
4.
involving or using cipher, code, etc.
5.
Zoology. fitted for concealing; serving to camouflage.
noun
6.
a cryptogram, especially one designed as a puzzle.
Origin of cryptic
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin crypticus < Greek kryptikós hidden. See crypt, -ic
Related forms
cryptically, adverb
noncryptic, adjective
noncryptical, adjective
noncryptically, adverb
Synonyms
1. enigmatic, perplexing.
Synonym Study
1. See ambiguous.
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Examples from the Web for cryptically
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  • "Monsieur is too strong for me," replied Gaston, cryptically.

  • The closed makimono,” he cryptically retorted, “is the symbol of wisdom.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • “I am not anxious to see Miss McLeod,” he answered, cryptically.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • "They know," said Russ cryptically from his position in front of the vision plate.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • "He certainly seems to be amused by you," she said cryptically.

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici
British Dictionary definitions for cryptically

cryptic

/ˈkrɪptɪk/
adjective
1.
hidden; secret; occult
2.
(esp of comments, sayings, etc) obscure in meaning
3.
(of the coloration of animals) tending to conceal by disguising or camouflaging the shape
Derived Forms
cryptically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos concealed; see crypt
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Word Origin and History for cryptically

cryptic

adj.

1630s, "hidden, occult, mystical," from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos "fit for concealing," from kryptos "hidden" (see crypt). Meaning "mysterious, enigmatic" is recorded from 1920. Related: Cryptically.

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cryptically in Medicine

cryptic cryp·tic (krĭp'tĭk)
n.

  1. Hidden or concealed.

  2. Tending to conceal or camouflage, as the coloring of an animal.

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