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cryptic

cryp·tic

cryptic

 
pronunciation:
krIp tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: difficult to understand; ambiguous or mysterious in meaning.
The cryptic telegram he sent was more worrying than reassuring.
synonyms:
ambiguous, enigmatic, inscrutable, mysterious
antonyms:
clear
similar words:
arcane, elliptical, inexplicable, mystic, nebulous, obscure, oracular, puzzling, unclear, vague, veiled
definition 2: having a secret or hidden meaning.
Only members of the cult understood the cryptic message.
synonyms:
mystical
similar words:
arcane, coded
definition 3: in zoology, suited to hiding or concealing.
These birds have cryptic markings that help camouflage them.
synonyms:
cryptozoic
derivation: cryptically (adv.)
Word Parts
The word cryptic contains the following part:
crypt, crypto, cryph Greek root that means secret, hidden