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Definition secretive or difficult to understand
  • I didn't understand her cryptic reply.
cryptic = difficult to understand
  • She left me a cryptic note. I'm trying to figure out what she meant by it.
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms
  • Was it a cryptic message?
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • I'm afraid that we find the instructions on the note rather cryptic, Tally.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • I was tired of the cryptic messages that she so often delivered; messages that seemed not meant for me but instead simply her thoughts escaping.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • "So how do they stay in business?"
    "They manage," he said cryptically.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • cryptically = with meaning that is difficult or impossible to understand
  • Plagued by yesterday's cryptic text message, she'd spent half the night thinking and furiously knitting a purple hat with earflaps.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • Taa also had a penchant for uttering cryptic one-liners about my father, usually after she'd downed a couple of shots of Brugal.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • I kept the request cryptic, of course, and asked to meet away from the Sev.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • cryptic = secretive
  • A guy named Jake Blansen came in and said some cryptic things about Richard.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • "I'd prefer not to discuss it right now I don't want to alarm you." ... The word cryptic popped into Flora's head.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • cryptic = secretive
  • "Unnecessarily cryptic," said Flora out loud.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • 'None of you has ever seen a dead donkey,' and the others had to be content with this cryptic answer.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • cryptic = difficult to understand
  • Maps encourage boldness. They're like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible.
    Mark Jenkins
  • The subject is the receiver of Godhead, and at every comparison must feel his being enhanced by that cryptic might.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • Daylight stared his amazement at this cryptic utterance.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • "You are cryptic," said Philip.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • A soft, cryptic utterance which seemed to reach deeper than any diamond-hard tool could have done.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Shadow Line

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