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Definitions for cryptic
ˈkrɪp tɪkcryp·tic

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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.

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How to say cryptic in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cryptic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cryptic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of cryptic in a Sentence

  1. Mark Jenkins:

    Maps encourage boldness. They're like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible.

  2. Dean Baquet:

    I feel like sh-t as a leader and a journalist not answering questions that I’d haveSarah Huckabee Sandersanswer, the cryptic Times memohas driven speculation inside the newsroom over what precipitated the investigation. And the lack of transparency is also striking given the Times has aggressively covered workplace matters.

  3. Jordan Peele:

    I'm making a movie in Northern California, that's a Bay Area hip-hop classic and I wanted to explore this very relatable journey of being a parent [ and ] maybe some of the songs you listened to back in the day aren't appropriate for your kids, so that was one level, and another part was, I love songs that have a great feeling but also have a haunting element to them and I feel like the beat in that song has this inherent cryptic energy, almost reminiscent of the' Nightmare on Elm Street' soundtrack.

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