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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cryptic 
  adj  1:  of  an  obscure  nature;  "the  new  insurance  policy  is  written 
  without  cryptic  or  mysterious  terms";  "a  deep  dark 
  secret";  "the  inscrutible  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"  [syn:  {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 
  [syn:  {cabalistic},  {cryptical},  {sibylline}] 
  3:  having  a  puzzling  terseness;  "a  cryptic  note" 




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