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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.

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Putting political figures onstage in veiled or allegorical form is a trope as old as opera. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Opera plays its Trump card: Yes, the president is showing up in Verdi," 4 July 2019 These veiled money interests obtain licenses, sell themselves off to out of state and corporate factions, and undermine the intent of the [state medical marijuana] program to facilitate the profit of people who have no interest... in this process. Dan Adams,, "Follow the money in fight over Cambridge pot policy," 1 July 2019 Fliers and stickers with veiled white supremacist language or explicit racist messages were posted on public and private campuses across America. Mallory Simon, CNN, "White supremacists increase recruiting efforts at colleges, ADL says," 27 June 2019 Yet there is no sign of the livid clouds running up from the south-eastern horizon which serve as its evening harbingers, rising and roiling, filling the sky with their rumbling and the night with veiled lightning. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Much about dreams, including their meaning and purpose, remains veiled in mystery. Markham Heid, Time, "The Science Behind Fever Dreams," 11 June 2019 Afterwards, Sanders brushed off questions about criticism that the appearance was a veiled campaign stop. NBC News, "Bernie Sanders brings battle against 'greed' inside Walmart shareholders meeting," 5 June 2019 Sunday's show was far tamer and politics-free, save for a thinly veiled attack against President Donald Trump by Bryan Cranston. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Bryan Cranston takes jab at Trump during Tonys: 'Demagoguery is the enemy of the people'," 11 June 2018 Ahead of his visit, Obama seemingly made a dig at Trump via another platform he’s been known to use for veiled political references: his summer reading list. Li Zhou, Vox, "Obama’s summer reading list seems to include some Trump shade," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of veiled

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

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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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