Synonyms and Antonyms of elliptical
having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning
- The poet's elliptical style is such that the reader often senses that an allusion is being made—but to what exactly?
ambiguous, arcane, cryptic, dark, deep, enigmatic (also enigmatical), equivocal, inscrutable, murky, mysterious, mystic, nebulous, obscure, occult, opaque
abstruse, esoteric, recondite
cloaked, concealed, disguised, masked, shrouded
cloudy, dim, faint, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, indistinct, indistinguishable, misty, muddy, shaded, shadowlike, shadowy, sphinxlike
indefinite, inexact, inexplicit, noncommittal, questionable, unclear, uncertain, undefined, undetermined, vague
impenetrable, incomprehensible, indecipherable, inexplicable
eerie (also eery), uncanny, weird
baffling, bewildering, confounding, confusing, mystifying, perplexing, puzzling, unfathomable
circuitous, indirect, roundabout
comprehensible, fathomable, intelligible, knowable, legible, pellucid, understandable
bright, distinct, evident, self-evident, self-explanatory
certain, firm, strong, sure
definite, exact, explicit
having the shape of an egg
- The villa's marble pool is surrounded by an elliptic arrangement of ancient Greek statuary.
marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning
- His elliptical replies can seem rude to some people, but that's just his way.
brief, capsule, compact, compendious, concise, crisp, curt, epigrammatic, laconic, monosyllabic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, terse, thumbnail
abrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), short, snippety, snippy
abbreviated, abridged, condensed, curtailed, shortened