noun, plural cryptos.
a person who secretly supports or adheres to a group, party, or belief.
secret or hidden; not publicly admitted: a crypto Nazi.

1945–50; probably independent use of crypto-; cf. -o Unabridged


a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words: cryptograph.
Also, especially before a vowel, crypt-.

combining form representing Greek kryptós hidden. See crypt Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
crypto- or (before a vowel) crypt-
combining form
secret, hidden, or concealed: cryptography; crypto-fascist
[New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]
crypt- or (before a vowel) crypt-
combining form
[New Latin, from Greek kruptos hidden, from kruptein to hide]

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Word Origin & History

combining element meaning "secret" or "hidden," used in forming English words since at least 1760, from Gk. kryptos "hidden, concealed, secret" (the Gk. comb. form was krypho-). Crypto-fascist is attested from 1937; crypto-communist from 1946.
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Medical Dictionary

crypto- or crypt-

  1. Crypt: cryptectomy.

  2. Hidden; secret: cryptogenic.

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Example sentences
Some capitalists are crypto-fascists because they think that they lord over other people.
She too has suppressed her crypto-communist views so as to make herself all the more electable.
For developers, it offers a common crypto architecture that can be used to encrypt application data stores.
Crypto lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals.
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