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a combining form meaning “hidden,” “secret,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
secret, hidden, or concealed: cryptography, crypto-fascist

before vowels crypt-, word-forming element meaning “secret” or “hidden,” used in forming English words since at least 1760, from Latinized form of Greek kryptos “hidden, concealed, secret” (see crypt; the Greek comb. form was krypho-). Crypto-fascist is attested from 1937; crypto-communist from 1946.

crypto- or crypt-


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