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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
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. See ambiguous.
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptical

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 cryptical
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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cryptical 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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