Cryptic and Esoteric


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Cryptic adjective – Being beyond one's powers to know, understand, or explain.
Usage example: puzzled by the cryptic e-mail message left on his computer

Esoteric is a synonym for cryptic in unclear topic. In some cases you can use "Esoteric" instead an adjective "Cryptic", when it comes to topics like secret, mysterious. popular alternative
Nearby Words: crypt, cryptograph, cryptography, cryptographic, cryptically
Synonyms for Cryptic


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Esoteric adjective – Difficult for one of ordinary knowledge or intelligence to understand.
Usage example: metaphysics is such an esoteric subject that most people are content to leave it to the philosophers

Cryptic is a synonym for esoteric in abstruse topic. You can use "Cryptic" instead an adjective "Esoteric", if it concerns topics such as obscure, unclear, mysterious. popular alternative
Synonyms for Esoteric

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word cryptic word esoteric word
reference cryptic reference esoteric reference
piece cryptic piece esoteric piece
language cryptic language esoteric language
Other nouns: words, information, instructions, ways, puzzles, threats, texts.

Both words in one sentence

  • Music / Ween The biggest clue that particular song isn't serious is kind of an esoteric local reference: Despite the dramatic-sounding music and cryptic fantasy-based lyrics, the Buckingham Green they refer to is a Pennsylvania strip mall.
    Source: Music / Ween
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Esoteric and Cryptic. (2016). Retrieved 2020, December 04, from
Cryptic & Esoteric. N.p., 2016. Web. 04 Dec. 2020. <>.
Esoteric or Cryptic. 2016. Accessed December 04, 2020.

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