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Definition of 'cryptic'


  1. of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
       Synonyms: cryptical deep inscrutable mysterious mystifying
  2. having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther
       Synonyms: cabalistic kabbalistic qabalistic cryptical sibylline
  3. having a puzzling terseness; "a cryptic note"

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