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Definition of veiled

1a : having or wearing a veil or a concealing cover a veiled hat
b : characterized by a softening tonal distortion
2 : obscured as if by a veil : disguised veiled threats

Examples of veiled in a Sentence

She looked at him with barely veiled contempt. The report makes veiled references to his criminal activities.
Recent Examples on the Web The co-owner of Rosie’s reported receiving numerous vile messages, some containing veiled threats of harm. Scott Travis,, 29 Oct. 2021 Any effort to abolish or significantly curtail this indispensable protection is a veiled attempt to defund, defame, and disarm the police in the midst of the worst violent-crime wave in a generation. Tom Cotton, National Review, 27 Oct. 2021 Facebook probably wants its veiled threats to unnerve other employees or former employees who might be tempted to speak out. Tali Arbel, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021 During his interrogation, Ms. Gilligan wrote, K.G.B. agents made veiled threats against his son, Ivan, who was then 2, and Ivan’s mother, Elena Viktorovna Tokareva, Mr. Kovalev’s first wife. Alan Cowell, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 To say clean energy requires the consumption of carbon byproducts is at least a veiled admission that there’s something wrong with consuming them, when there plainly is not. John Tamny, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 While kundiman are often driven by unrequited romantic love, the medium became a veiled way to proclaim a desire of freedom and a love of country. Charisma Madarang, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 In his presentation, Zuckerberg took a few veiled swipes at Apple that were nonetheless revealing. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2021 But this season’s gestures towards murder as a way of life — the couple, for instance, speaks in veiled terms about a disagreement over a dead body in their couple’s therapy session — feel affected and airless. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of veiled

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Veiled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of veiled

: having or wearing a veil
: able to be seen or understood but not openly shown or stated : expressed in a way that is not clear and direct


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