cryptic

[krip-tik]
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:
1595–1605; < Late Latin crypticus < Greek kryptikós hidden. See crypt, -ic

cryptically, adverb
noncryptic, adjective
noncryptical, adjective
noncryptically, adverb


1. enigmatic, perplexing. See ambiguous.
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cryptic or cryptical (ˈkrɪptɪk)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos concealed; see crypt]
 
cryptical or cryptical
 
adj
 
[C17: from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kruptikos, from kruptos concealed; see crypt]
 
'cryptically or cryptical
 
adv

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cryptic
1630s, "hidden, occult, mystical," from L. crypticus, from Gk. kryptikos "fit for concealing," from kryptos "hidden" (see crypt). Meaning "mysterious, enigmatic" is recorded from 1920. Related: Cryptically.
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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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Example sentences
Mathematical signs and symbols are often cryptic, but the best of them offer
  visual clues to their own meaning.
There are a few cryptic inscriptions on the wax discs and cylinders and some
  notes from past curators.
Sometimes, unfortunately, departmental reviews and faculty mentoring are
  cryptic or unhelpfully positive.
They carry clipboards, rosters on the clipboards, and typically they are
  writing cryptic notes on the player's performance.
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