Meaning of crypsis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɪpsɪs/


  • 1 historical In the rhetorical theory of Peter Ramus (1515–72): the deliberate embellishment or obscuring of plain meaning or logical argument by use of metaphor, digressions, reordering of ideas, etc.

    rare in 18th and 19th centuries.

  • 2Zoology
    Cryptic coloration or behaviour; = crypticity .


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Dudley Fenner (c1558–1587), Church of England clergyman and Calvinist theologian. From post-classical Latin crypsis from ancient Greek κρύψις hiding, concealment from κρυπτός hidden + -σις.