cryptical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cryptical having a secret or hidden meaning "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone","cryptic writings","thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther"
    • adj cryptical of an obscure nature "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms","a deep dark secret","the inscrutable 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cryptical having a puzzling terseness; as, a cryptic note.
    • Cryptical having a secret or hidden meaning; as, cryptic symbols engraved in stone; cryptic writings.
    • a Cryptical Hidden; secret; occult. "Her [nature's] more cryptic ways of working."
    • Cryptical incomprehensible to those not familiar with the culture or jargon; as, the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms.
    • Cryptical not evident; unrecognized; as, a cryptic infection.
    • Cryptical written in a code or cipher; as, a cryptic message.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cryptical Same as cryptic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Cryptical hidden: secret: unseen
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crypticus, Gr. kryptiko`s, fr. kry`ptein to hide
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. crypta—Gr. kryptēkryptein, to conceal. Doublet of Grot.

Usage

In literature:

The hotel proprietor promised to find us a claim locator to whom that cryptic number made sense.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Within the granite tunneling I saw a dingy cleft; It was a cryptic chamber.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
But whatever cryptic signal she flashed slipped unseen from Maria Angelina's vision.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
The letters were short and cryptic in their meaning, and significant only when connected with those to whom they were addressed.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
She uttered a cryptic sentence or two.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
What was the meaning of Sitsumi's cryptic utterance?
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
From across the table Effie watched him, drinking in his every deft movement, his every cryptic quirk of expression.
"The Moon is Green" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The doors flanking the passages traversed display cryptic lettering, such as I.O.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
When he spoke, his words were cryptic to all those in the room.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
But to an every-day sort of chap like me, would you mind being less cryptic?
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
A staid, melancholy man, forerunner of the great artist, had appeared and performed his customary and cryptic function.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The conductor opened the door and bawled a cryptical announcement.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Stars in the dark canopy above are cryptic mourners and people frigid sorrow.
"Eyeshine" by Paul Cameron Brown
Is Protogennetor, then, a cryptic title of Christ?
"The Gnôsis of the Light" by F. Lamplugh
The class feverishly copied more cryptic symbols in its notebooks.
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
But a rather cryptic smile stirred her lips.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Ray read the copy of those cryptic figures upon the scrap of paper found in the railway carriage.
"Spies of the Kaiser" by William Le Queux
To the supper, Gud bade a Skeptic, a Cynic, a Critic and a Cryptic.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
Was it not within the bounds of reason to assume that this cryptic message revealed the hiding place of the treasure?
"Kastle Krags" by Absalom Martin
What, for instance, had Jan Maertz meant by his cryptic statements?
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

Under the sway, in old Japan,
Of silent cryptic trees,
There is a shrine the worldliest
Would near with bended knees.
"A Nikko Shrine" by Cale Young Rice
Ever the Mighty Chooser
Plucks when the fruit is ripe,
Scorning the mass and letting it pass,
Keen for the cryptic type.
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
What tidings do the billows bring
And cry in vain upon the strand?
If we might only understand
The brooklet's cryptic murmuring!
"The Meaning" by Clark Ashton Smith
When, in what maze of spacial bound,
Or cryptic glooms that wall the grave,
Hast heard the secret which we crave
From that inscrutable Profound?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
I mentioned my demon to a friend
and the friend swam in oil and came forth to me
greasy and cryptic
and said,
"I'm thinking of taking him out of hock.
I pawned him years ago."
"Demon" by Anne Sexton
Know you the gulfs within?
The larvae, the minotaurs of labyrinths undared?
The somber foam of seas by cryptic sirens shared?
The pestilence and sin
Borne by the flapping shroud of liches met within?
"Interrogation" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Highland Park's Fol Chen have been attracting a lot of blog attention lately for their lo-fi dance sounds and cryptic identities.
About three weeks back we received an mysterious package at Meal Ticket HQ containing a T-shirt emblazoned with cryptic Toynbee tile-inspired phraseology about gelatin .
And if so, was it cut and left cryptic to sell future DLC.
The only possible Incan example of encoding and recording information could have been cryptic knotted strings known as khipu.
Five cryptic classics that keep Dylanologists guessing.
INTERPRET YOUR MAN'S TEXT: HeTexted is a new website that helps people decipher their date's cryptic text messages.
Killdeer eggs are marked cryptically.
3o Seconds to Mars has been cryptic when addressing the recent break up rumors that have surrounded the band.
But you might not know just how much cryptic man wisdom Kanye has to offer via his Twitter account.
Paul Klee is the kind of artist who seems to show up in every museum, most memorably in the form of petite, almost childlike paintings featuring richly hued backgrounds, cryptic symbols and oddball figures.
Chances are you simply look at the amount due and write a check rather than sift through pages of fine print and cryptic terminology.
The first teaser for Starz's upcoming historical fantasy series Da Vinci 's Demons has debuted and it's just as cryptic as you'd expect.
Kosman and Picciotto on their Nation puzzle, cryptic crosswords, wordplay and puzzles in general.
Its a cryptic promise of things to come, but the mystery never fully unravels.
Solving The Nation's Cryptic Crosswords The Nation.
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In science:

Equation (6.44) may seem a bit cryptic, but it becomes much more clear if one uses the explicit expression for the Iwasawa decomposition.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Are there any structures for which a1 can be reduced to 1, but at least one of a2 , a3 are nonzero? The second sentence in the paragraph appears to be quite cryptic and at f irst sight appears even self-contradictory.
Contact Geometry of Hyperbolic Equations of Generic Type
At present, there are still a few situations where a minor mistake in a simulation specification can produce a highly cryptic error message (such as “index out of bounds”) that is hard to track down.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
Less cryptically, Gr R contains those ~ı that consist of r copies of 1 and R − r copies of 2.
Autocorrelations of the characteristic polynomial of a random matrix under microscopic scaling
Developmental plasticity and the origin of novel forms: unveiling cryptic genetic variation via"use and disuse".
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Hebert, P.D.N., Penton, E.H., Burns, J.M., Janzen, D.H., Hallwachs, W.: Ten species in one: DNA barcoding reveals cryptic species in the neotropical skipper butterfly astraptes fulgerator.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data
Matsuo, Two alternative exons can result from activation of the cryptic splice acceptor site deep within intron 2 of the dystrophin gene in a patient with as yet asymptomatic dystrophinopathy, Hum.
Determinative degree and nucleotide sequence analysis by trianders
Population Structure and Cryptic Relatedness in Genetic Association Studies.
An efficient group test for genetic markers that handles confounding
Statement (A) was shown there — together with some other closely related information — in an indirect, somewhat cryptic form (see Section 7.2(D) in Section 7).
Snarks from a Kaszonyi perspective: a survey
To flesh out this cryptic comment, we start by recalling the situation in genus zero.
On relative computability for curves
The worst are cryptic; the best are crucial.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
Additional encoding will not naturally convey information and can easily become cryptic ([Tufte, 1983, p. 183]).
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
In this sense the recommender system is not unlike an oracle from Ancient Greece, known for their often cryptic answers.
Finding Your Literature Match -- A Recommender System
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