- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)adj. hidden, secret, occult.See concealment.II(Roget's IV) modif. obscure .III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.[KRIP tic]mysterious, hidden.The customer was dissatisfied with the cryptic message from the psychic.SYN.: mysterious, hidden, enigmatic, secret, mystic, occult, vague, obscure, ambiguous, arcane, esoteric, veiled.ANT.: clear, open, straightforwardIV(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Difficult to explain or understand: arcane, cabalistic, enigmatic, mysterious, mystic, mystical, mystifying, occult, puzzling. See EXPLAIN, KNOWLEDGE.
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Cryptic — Cryp tic (kr[i^]p t[i^]k), Cryptical Cryp tic*al ( t? kal), a. [L. crypticus, Gr. kryptiko s, fr. kry ptein to hide.] Hidden; secret; occult. Her [nature s] more cryptic ways of working. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. incomprehensible to those not… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Cryptic — can refer to: Crypsis, of animals that are difficult to observe Cryptic crossword, a crossword with cryptic clues Cryptic era, earliest period of the Earth Cryptic, an album by Edge of Sanity Cryptic Writings, an album by Megadeth Cryptic Studios … Wikipedia
cryptic — [krip′tik] adj. [LL crypticus < Gr kryptikos < kryptos: see CRYPT] 1. a) having a hidden or ambiguous meaning; mysterious; baffling [a cryptic comment] b) obscure and curt in expression 2. Zool. serving to conceal, as the form or coloring… … English World dictionary
cryptic — index covert, debatable, disputable, enigmatic, esoteric, hidden, indefinable, indefinite, indeterminate … Law dictionary
cryptic — 1630s, hidden, occult, mystical, from L.L. crypticus, from Gk. kryptikos fit for concealing, from kryptos hidden (see CRYPT (Cf. crypt)). Meaning mysterious, enigmatic is recorded from 1920. Related: Cryptically … Etymology dictionary
cryptic — enigmatic, *obscure, dark, vague, ambiguous, equivocal Analogous words: puzzling, perplexing, mystifying (see PUZZLE vb): occult, esoteric, *recondite: *mysterious, arcane … New Dictionary of Synonyms
cryptic — [adj] secret; obscure in meaning abstruse, ambiguous, apocryphal, arcane, cabalistic, dark, Delphian, Delphic, enigmatic, equivocal, esoteric, evasive, hidden, incomprehensible, inexplicable, murky, mysterious, mystic, mystical, mystifying,… … New thesaurus
cryptic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) mysterious or obscure in meaning. 2) (of a crossword) having difficult clues which indicate the solutions indirectly. 3) Zoology serving to camouflage an animal in its natural environment. DERIVATIVES cryptically adverb. ORIGIN… … English terms dictionary
cryptic — adjective Etymology: Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos, from kryptos Date: circa 1638 1. secret, occult 2. a. having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning ; mysterious … New Collegiate Dictionary
cryptic — Having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning; mysterious; often marked by an often perplexing brevity. Cryptic sometimes carries the deeper sense of secrecy or the occult, and is often sensed in Dada and in surrealist works. The… … Glossary of Art Terms
cryptic — Anything hidden. 1. Structurally heterozygous individuals that are not identifiable as they do not show abnormal meiotic chromosome pairing configurations ( cryptic structural hybrids ). 2. A form of polymorphism controlled by recessive genes (… … Glossary of Biotechnology