cryptic

"White bunny. Moon. Square." Do you understand what that means? Of course not! It's totally cryptic. Cryptic comments or messages are hard to understand because they seem to have a hidden meaning.

Cryptic is from Late Latin crypticus, from Greek kryptikos, from kryptos "hidden." This Greek adjective is the source of our English word crypt, referring to a room under a church in which dead people are buried. That might account for why the word cryptic has an eerie tone to it.

DEFINITIONS OF: cryptic

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adj having a secret or hidden meaning

cryptic writings”
Synonyms:
cabalistic, cryptical, kabbalistic, qabalistic, sibylline
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

adj of an obscure nature

“the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms”
Synonyms:
cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying
incomprehensible, inexplicable
incapable of being explained or accounted for

adj having a puzzling terseness

“a cryptic note”
Synonyms
concise
expressing much in few words
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