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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 Parents beware: Many YouTube channels that are wildly popular with young children are targeting them with thinly veiled ads for sugary beverages and junk food. Anahad O’connor New York Times, Star Tribune, "Are Youtube 'kidfluencers' making our kids fat?," 14 Nov. 2020 All praised Boutros for doing a good job during a year of pandemic and unusual staff turnover, and all complimented him for keeping his cool during the barrage of thinly veiled insults. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham mayor breaks 3-3 tie by voting to reappoint himself as mayor," 10 Nov. 2020 In many states, significant numbers of people have already voted by mail, making the apparent veiled threats irrelevant. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Robocalls Told at Least 800,000 Swing State Residents to “Stay Home” on Election Day. The FBI Is Investigating.," 3 Nov. 2020 Marcus stars on a thinly veiled substitute for Game of Thrones, speared via the novel's take on fan backlash, a disappointing final season, and cartoonishly villainous showrunners with latent misogynist tendencies. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: October romances bring early holiday cheer," 5 Nov. 2020 With veiled references to Hunter’s history of drug addiction, Trump suggested that everyone around Joe Biden is raking in foreign money and Biden is getting a piece of it. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Trump’s nepotism attacks against Biden show considerable gall," 24 Oct. 2020 But even as Twitter attempted to enforce its rules more stringently, thinly veiled posts slipped through the cracks. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Social Media Restrictions Cannot Keep Up with Hidden Codes and Symbols," 22 Oct. 2020 Proud Boys took the phrase as a (thinly) veiled endorsement of their violent confrontations with progressive protesters, plastered it onto their merch, and talked about being foot soldiers of the Trumpian revolution. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "How Online Extremists Could Interfere With the Election," 20 Oct. 2020 And this wasn't DeMichael Harris trying to send some veiled message to Colts fans on behalf of the team. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "The weird reason why DeMichael Harris wears No. 12 that has nothing to do with Andrew Luck," 20 Oct. 2020

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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 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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