V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: mysterious and seeming to have a hidden meaning

Synonyms: enigmatic, obscure, secret, occult, mysterious, puzzling

Antonyms: clear, plain, obvious

Tips: Cryptic comes from the Greek word kruptos, "hidden." It may mean that something is secret and known only to a select group of people, or that a thing's meaning is hidden from plain view and requires decoding, almost as though it were a secret code. Cryptology is the study of codes and code-breaking.

Usage Examples:

Sally was puzzled at her secretary's cryptic message; she couldn't tell whether the meeting had been cancelled or moved to a different time. (obscure, puzzling)

The cryptic rites of the ancient Greek cult of Eleutheros were known only to the initiated. (secret, occult)

His cryptic behavior led me to believe that he was hiding a secret. (mysterious, puzzling)

Stop being so cryptic, and tell me what's going on. (obscure, secretive, puzzling)

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