\ˈvāld \

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.

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Racher said the legislature's action was a thinly veiled attempt to thwart Toomey specifically. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "What Indiana officials want to keep secret about executions," 16 May 2018 The veiled woman is something that can be dangerous, something that can express her innermost complicated desires. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 In late May, the future of North Chapel, Liberty Station’s historic sanctuary for religious and memorial services, weddings, concerts and the like, was a veiled mystery. Logan Jenkins,, "Cliff-hanger update: 3 damsels no longer distressed," 2 July 2018 Both campaigns featured what many consider veiled attacks on Mr. Gantt’s race, including a TV ad remembered for its racial overtones. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "VA Nominee Faces Questions on Role in Jesse Helms Races," 26 June 2018 In addition to his quiet assurances, Trump had also issued public and somewhat veiled threats in support of the bid. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "North America feels divided on everything but the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Here, too, is where Flanagan’s thinly veiled autobiography ends, for instead of growing into a Booker Prize-winning novelist, Kif finds success creating reality TV shows, where fiction and reality are indistinguishable. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times, "A Novel Based on the True Story of a Con Man and His Ghostwriter," 1 June 2018 Later on in the video, Cardi is seen at her (spoiler alert) cheating husband's funeral wearing an all-black outfit accessorized by a wide-brimmed, veiled hat. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wears Platinum Blond and Pink Hair in "Be Careful" Music Video," 22 May 2018 Look for implied or possibly veiled insults as much as possible, and make sure to defend yourself. Kelly G. Richardson,, "HOA Homefront: Surefire steps to guarantee board meetings will last longer," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of veiled

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

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: 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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