Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph.
especially before a vowel, crypt-
Origin of crypto-
combining form representing
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British Dictionary definitions for crypto- crypto- before a vowel crypt- secret, hidden, or concealed cryptography; crypto-fascist Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek
kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide
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Word Origin and History for crypto-
crypt-, word-forming element meaning "secret" or "hidden," used in forming English words since at least 1760, from Latinized form of Greek kryptos "hidden, concealed, secret" (see crypt; the Greek comb. form was krypho-). Crypto-fascist is attested from 1937; crypto-communist from 1946.
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crypto- Crypt: cryptectomy. Hidden; secret: cryptogenic.
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