cryptic cryptic  /ˈkrɪp tɪk/


  1. (adj) of an obscure nature
  2. (adj) having a secret or hidden meaning
  3. (adj) having a puzzling terseness


  • At last we have some clarity; the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms.


  1. WikiLeaks Claims Michael Hastings Told Them FBI Was Investigating Him Hours Before He Died

    Earlier today, WikiLeaks sent out a cryptic tweet that hinted they had more information about yesterday's tragic death of reporter Michael Hastings . They followed through with another tweet claiming that Hastings reached out to one of their lawyers to reveal to them he believed the FBI was investigating him.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Mediaite

  2. Center of Attention | Festival poised to bring a new vision and direction

    Anyone plugged into the social media outlets and has a Facebook account likely saw the announcements as word got out and spread over the internet about "Center of the Universe" earlier this spring. At once cryptic and enticing, the posts drew enough attention to quickly draw a couple thousand follow... By G.K. Hizer.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Urban Tulsa

  3. After Slow Start, Obama Administration Finds its Voice on Surveillance

    After a week of mostly ad hoc, often cryptic and generally ineffectual responses to leaked details about its anti-terror surveillance programs, the Obama administration has finally begun articulating a clearer defense of those programs. It amounts to a two pronged-message: The snooping isn’t as bad as it sounds, and your civil liberties are scrupulously protected. President Obama kicked off the ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Swampland


  1. "The message on [student Joseph Frederick's] banner was cryptic," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. "It is no doubt offensive to some, perhaps amusing to others. To still others, it probably means nothing at all."
    on Jun 25, 2007 By: John Roberts Source: Christian Science Monitor

  2. "They act quite frankly like clowns," said Joseph Tacopina, a New York attorney. "If they have a resolution, they should bring a case and stop talking about cryptic information."
    on Jan 31, 2008 By: Joe Tacopina Source: FOXNews

  3. "Then I figured it was a bit too cryptic for most people to understand, so I modified it a bit and made it more accessible," Thompson said.
    on Mar 13, 2007 By: Richard Thompson Source: Washington Post

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