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cryptic
adj. having a puzzling terseness; "a cryptic note"
cryptical, mystifying, mysterious, inscrutable, deep, cryptic
adj. 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"
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ambiguous
adj. having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"
oracular, enigmatic
adj. resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets"; "so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it"; "an enigmatic smile"
puzzling, perplexing, confusing
adj. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
enigmatical, puzzling, enigmatic
adj. not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
obscure, dark
adj. marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
impenetrable
adj. impossible to understand; "impenetrable jargon"
tough, problematical, problematic, knotty, elusive, baffling
adj. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
doubtful, questionable
adj. subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
occult
adj. hidden and difficult to see; "an occult fracture"; "occult blood in the stool"
fathomless, unfathomable
adj. of depth; not capable of being sounded or measured
recondite, deep, abstruse
adj. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
insoluble
adj. admitting of no solution or explanation; "an insoluble doubt"
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apothegmatic, epigrammatic, aphoristic
adj. terse and witty and like a maxim; "much given to apothegmatic instruction"
terse, laconic, curt, crisp
adj. brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
summary, succinct, compact, compendious
adj. briefly giving the gist of something; "a short and compendious book"; "a compact style is brief and pithy"; "succinct comparisons"; "a summary formulation of a wide-ranging subject"
elliptical, elliptic
adj. characterized by extreme economy of expression or omission of superfluous elements; "the dialogue is elliptic and full of dark hints"; "the explanation was concise, even elliptical to the verge of obscurity"- H.O.Taylor
sententious
adj. abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing; "too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"- Kathleen Barnes
telegraphic
adj. having the style of a telegram with many short words left out; "telegraphic economy of words"; "the strange telegraphic speech of some aphasics"
self-contradictory, paradoxical
adj. seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true; "it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"
unexplainable, unaccountable
adj. not to be accounted for or explained; "perceptible only as unaccountable influences that hinder progress"; "an unexplainable fear"
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