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Meaning of cryptic

cryp•tic

Pronunciation: (krip'tik), [key]
— adj.
  1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous: a cryptic message.
  2. abrupt; terse; short: a cryptic note.
  3. secret; occult: a cryptic writing.
  4. involving or using cipher, code, etc.
  5. fitted for concealing; serving to camouflage.
—n.
  1. a cryptogram, esp. one designed as a puzzle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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