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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

When other girls on my floor gently inquired about my mother's whereabouts, my veiled response and their horrified reactions highlighted the chasm between our realities. Anonymous, Good Housekeeping, "I Had to Choose Between Safety and My Mother," 21 Dec. 2018 Democrats have opposed some of Trump’s judicial nominees, and McConnell’s comments appeared to offer a veiled message to this pushback. Li Zhou, Vox, "Mitch McConnell is laser-focused on jamming through more judges," 7 Nov. 2018 Today's leak about a procedural step taken more than a month ago -- occurring in the midst of a disastrous week for the president -- is a sad and poorly veiled attempt to try to distract the American public. Fox News, "Former FBI official McCabe under grand jury probe," 7 Sep. 2018 Boris Johnson, her former foreign secretary, has repeatedly criticized her Brexit policy and made veiled threats to try to replace her. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Theresa May to Face No-Confidence Vote Amid Brexit Disarray," 12 Dec. 2018 Democrats charge that Republicans’ requests for documents are part of a thinly veiled effort to undermine the Russia probe. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "‘A little steel in the spine’: Rod Rosenstein, facing mounting criticism from Congress, is starting to fight back," 7 July 2018 In the weeks before endorsing that incident, Trump targeted other liberals with veiled threats or language meant to vilify his adversaries. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "The president didn’t apologize for vilifying political opponents.," 24 Oct. 2018 There were hats and veiled faces, grandly romantic ball gowns, and often stunning feats of embellishment from Erdem, Simone Rocha, Mary Katrantzou, and the newcomer Richard Quinn. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 9 Collections of London Fashion Week Spring 2019," 19 Sep. 2018 When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made veiled threats about Iran's ability to close off the Strait of Hormuz, the Chinese immediately reached out to the Iranian government to express concern. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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