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 familiar with the culture or jargon; as, the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms.

Syn: inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying. [WordNet 1.5]

3. having a secret or hidden meaning; as, cryptic symbols engraved in stone; cryptic writings.

Syn: cabalistic, occult, secret, sibylline. [WordNet 1.5]

3. having a puzzling terseness; as, a cryptic note. [WordNet 1.5]

4. not evident; unrecognized; as, a cryptic infection. [PJC]

5. written in a code or cipher; as, a cryptic message.

Syn: encoded, enciphered, encrypted. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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