abstruse

[ ab-stroos ]
/ æbˈstrus /
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adjective

hard to understand; recondite; esoteric: abstruse theories.
Obsolete. secret; hidden.

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Origin of abstruse

1590–1600; <Latin abstrūsus thrust away, concealed (past participle of abstrūdere), equivalent to abs-abs- + trūd- thrust + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM abstruse

ab·struse·ly, adverbab·struse·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH abstruse

abstruse , obtuse
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British Dictionary definitions for abstruse

abstruse
/ (əbˈstruːs) /

adjective

not easy to understand; recondite; esoteric

Derived forms of abstruse

abstrusely, adverbabstruseness, noun

Word Origin for abstruse

C16: from Latin abstrūsus thrust away, concealed, from abs- ab- 1 + trūdere to thrust
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