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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: crypticus, from Greek, from kryptos; CRYPTO-

cryptic

adjective
     
cryp‧tic
having a meaning that is mysterious or not easily understood
cryptic remark/comment/statement etc
a cryptic note at the end of the letter
cryptically adverb

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