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[hid-n] /ˈhɪd n/

concealed; obscure; covert:
hidden meaning; hidden hostility.
past participle of 1 .
a past participle of hide1
concealed or obscured: a hidden cave, a hidden meaning

late 14c., from hidden + -ness.

past participle of hide (v.1); a Middle English formation (Old English had gehydd “hidden”) on the model of ride/ridden, etc. Hidden persuaders (1957) was Vance Packard’s term for “ad men.”


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