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cryptic
used in Catch-22

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Definition
secretive or difficult to understand
  • He brooded in ponderous speculation over the cryptic message he had just received.
    Chapter 4 — Doc Daneeka (72% in)
  • Colonel Cathcart was not superstitious, but he did believe in omens, and he sat right back down behind his desk and made a cryptic notation on his memorandum pad to look into the whole suspicious business of the Yossarians right away.
    Chapter 21 — General Dreedle (8% in)
  • ...in the God of his fathers — would truly have resigned both his calling and his commission and taken his chances as a private in the infantry or field artillery, or even, perhaps, as a corporal in the paratroopers — had it not been for such successive mystic phenomena as the naked man in the tree at that poor sergeant's funeral weeks before and the cryptic, haunting, encouraging promise of the prophet Flume in the forest only that afternoon: 'Tell them I'll be back when winter comes.'
    Chapter 25 — The Chaplain (**% in)
  • He tapped his forehead with cryptic insight.
    Chapter 32 — Yo-Yo's Roomies (68% in)

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