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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 And something did die; the county’s last veiled attempt at new schools. Lily Jackson |, al, "Baldwin County Schools recognized nationally for construction funding plan," 30 July 2019 Mayor Carter’s remarks are a veiled attempt to try to scare you into voting to keep this disastrous trash system in the up coming election. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: There’s more to our mental-health system than state-operated services," 5 Sep. 2019 Still, the two have been taking veiled swipes that foreshadow the collision to come. Los Angeles Times, "The debate Democrats have waited for: Joe Biden vs. Elizabeth Warren," 29 Aug. 2019 That was a veiled criticism of President Trump’s efforts to weaken China in an attempt to strengthen the U.S. negotiating position on trade. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Fed Faces a Fresh Test: Engineering a Soft Economic Landing," 6 Jan. 2019 Michelle Obama made a similar veiled reference to the President last week after his racist attack on four progressive Democratic congresswoman of color. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Michelle Obama shades Trump after his derogatory tweets about Baltimore," 28 July 2019 All of this sets up a series of clashes between Harriet, Luce, Luce’s parents and the principal (Norbert Leo Butz), each of whom approaches the problem with a different degree of suspicion, rationalization and/or thinly veiled hostility. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Luce’ tackles racial privilege and prejudice by raising a million questions — then refuses to answer any of them," 12 Aug. 2019 From Steve Chabot of Ohio, to John Ratcliffe of Texas, Republicans used their five minutes of questioning to roll out veiled accusations. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "All the ways Robert Mueller was trashed by his fellow Republicans," 24 July 2019 That was interpreted as a veiled vote of support for signals recently by the head of both the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve that an uncertain economic outlook could merit cutting rates or resuming bond purchases. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "What to Make of China’s Economic Slowdown: CEO Daily," 15 July 2019

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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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