Cryptic and Obscure


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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

Obscure is a synonym for cryptic in unclear topic. In some cases you can use "Obscure" instead the word "Cryptic" as an adjective or a verb, when it comes to topics like ambiguous, mysterious, enigmatic.
Nearby Words: crypt, cryptograph, cryptography, cryptographic, cryptically
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Obscure adjective – Having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning.
Usage example: a fantasy writer who likes to put lots of obscure references and images in her tales of wizards and warlocks

Cryptic is a synonym for obscure in abstruse topic. You can use "Cryptic" instead an adjective "Obscure", if it concerns topics such as unclear, ambiguous, enigmatic, out-of-the-way.
Nearby Words: obscured, obscurity, obscurely, obscuring, obscuration
Synonyms for Obscure

Things that words describes

character cryptic character obscure character
word cryptic word obscure word
reference cryptic reference obscure reference
stuff cryptic stuff obscure stuff
Other nouns: piece, line, way, hint, language, words, information, title, terms, song, ways, answers, texts, questions.

Both words in one sentence

  • Viewers Are Geniuses Similarly, Morrowind contains books which question in obscure and cryptic terms the nature of games, the role of the player, and the meaning of life.
  • Starfish Language It doesn't help that Kosh is deliberately obscure and metaphorical when he does bother to speak, either just to be vague and cryptic, to intimidate, or just because it's part of his sense of humor.
  • Red String of Fate The words are in the handwriting of your True Love and may be a name, address, or cryptic clue like a poem or obscure reference.
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