Veiled (adjective): able to be seen or understood but not openly shown or stated : expressed in a way that is not clear and direct.


I encountered this word while reading “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. “It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. Her husband’s friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of “killed.” This means that Josephine did not come straight out and tell Mrs. Mallard about her husband’s death but gave hints here and there to help her derive to that conclusion.

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