Definitions for crypticˈkrɪp tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cryp•ticˈkrɪp tɪk(adj.)

also cryp′ti•cal

  1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling.

  2. secret; occult:

    cryptic writing.

  3. involving or using cipher or code.

    Category: Cryptography

  4. Zool. fitted for concealing; serving to camouflage.

    Category: Zoology

Origin of cryptic:

1595–1605; < LL crypticus < Gk kryptikós hidden


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying(adj)

    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"

  2. cabalistic, kabbalistic, qabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, sibylline(adj)

    having a secret or hidden meaning

    "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther

  3. cryptic(adj)

    having a puzzling terseness

    "a cryptic note"


  1. cryptic(Noun)

    A cryptic crossword.

  2. cryptic(Adjective)

    Having hidden meaning.

  3. cryptic(Adjective)

    Mystified or of an obscure nature.

  4. cryptic(Adjective)

    Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.

  5. cryptic(Adjective)

    Well camouflaged; having good camouflage.

    Lonomia caterpillars are extremely cryptic.

  6. Origin: From crypticus, from κρυπτικός, from κρυπτός, from κρύπτω. Also see: cryptology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cryptic(adj)

    alt. of Cryptical


  1. Cryptic

    Cryptic is the seventh full-length studio album by the Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity, released on December 1, 1997 by Black Mark Productions. It is the only Edge of Sanity album in which Dan Swanö does not contribute. Guitarist, Andreas Axelsson hired a new vocalist in an attempt to keep the band together.

Translations for cryptic

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intentionally very difficult to understand or make sense of

a cryptic message.

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