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 for cryptic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cryptic \Cryp"tic\ (kr[i^]p"t[i^]k), Cryptical \Cryp"tic*al\
     (-t?-kal), a. [L. crypticus, Gr. kryptiko`s, fr. kry`ptein to
     Hidden; secret; occult. "Her [nature's] more cryptic ways of
     working." --Glanvill.
     [1913 Webster]
     2. incomprehensible to those not familiar with the culture or
        jargon; as, the new insurance policy is written without
        cryptic or mysterious terms.
     Syn: inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     3. having a secret or hidden meaning; as, cryptic symbols
        engraved in stone; cryptic writings.
     Syn: cabalistic, occult, secret, sibylline.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     3. having a puzzling terseness; as, a cryptic note.
        [WordNet 1.5]
     4. not evident; unrecognized; as, a cryptic infection.
     5. written in a code or cipher; as, a cryptic message.
     Syn: encoded, enciphered, encrypted.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: cryptic,
             cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious,
      2: having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols
         engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline
         in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther [syn:
         cabalistic, kabbalistic, qabalistic, cryptic,
         cryptical, sibylline]
      3: having a puzzling terseness; "a cryptic note"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "cryptic":
     abstruse, arcane, between the lines, cabalistic, cabbalistic,
     censored, classified, close, closed, concealed, covert, dark,
     delitescent, dormant, enigmatic, equivocal, esoteric, evasive,
     hermetic, hibernating, hidden, hush-hush, incomprehensible,
     inexplicable, inscrutable, latent, lurking, muffled, murky,
     mysterious, mystic, mystical, mystifying, nebulous, obfuscated,
     obscure, obscured, occult, opaque, perplexing, possible, potential,
     puzzling, recondite, restricted, riddling, secret, secretive,
     sleeping, smothered, sphinxlike, stifled, strange, submerged,
     suppressed, tenebrous, top secret, ulterior, unbreatheable,
     unclear, under security, under the surface, under wraps,
     underlying, undisclosable, undisclosed, undivulgable, undivulged,
     unfathomable, uninformative, unmanifested, unrevealable,
     unrevealed, unspoken, untellable, untold, unutterable, unuttered,
     unwhisperable, vague, veiled, virtual

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