the opposite of 'open' hostility

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  • Renatrix

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    And if I changed 'hostility' to someone's 'line of thought'? Can we say 'their open and hidden/concealed lines of thought'?
     

    owlman5

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    I suppose you could talk of "open" and "concealed" lines of thought, Renatrix. It's probably more common to use "subtle" and "obvious" when you are talking about people's thinking, however.
     

    Renatrix

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    I suppose you could talk of "open" and "concealed" lines of thought, Renatrix. It's probably more common to use "subtle" and "obvious" when you are talking about people's thinking, however.
    "Subtle" has a positive connotation to me. And I need an adjective (opposite of 'open/obvious') to describe somebody's way of thinking that he/she tries to hide but you can guest it from what he/she is doing, saying, etc.
     

    owlman5

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    How about "deceitful", "sneaky" or "deceptive", Renatrix? You are describing somebody's attempt to hide thoughts that he doesn't want other people to discover.
     

    Andygc

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    Since a list of antonyms is no more than a list of synonyms, this thread is out of scope and is closed.
     
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