Subtle vs Cryptic - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between subtle and cryptic
is that subtle
is hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable while cryptic
is having hidden meaning.
As a noun cryptic is
(informal) a cryptic crossword.
* subtil (obsolete)
* subtile (obsolete)
Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
(of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
(of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
* 1623 , , act iv, scene 4,
- The difference is subtle , but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
- Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle , bloody, treacherous.
* crafty, cunning, skillful
* (insidious) insidious
* (hard to grasp) simple
* subtle body
* cryptick (obsolete)
Having hidden meaning.
Mystified or of an obscure nature.
Involving use of code or cipher/cypher.
(zoology) Well camouflaged; having good camouflage.
- Her [nature's] more cryptic ways of working.
- Lonomia caterpillars are extremely cryptic .
(informal) A cryptic crossword.
* 1996 , Mary McCarthy, Remember Me (page 85)
* 2009 , Bill Taylor, Building a crossword'' (in ''Toronto Star , 1 February 2009)
- He settled down to the cryptic in the Independent . He loved his crossword. It kept him mentally active, just as gossip did his wife.
- This writer has been solving cryptics for 40 years and can usually crack Araucaria, though it might take a couple of days.