- hard to understand; recondite; esoteric: abstruse theories.
- Obsolete. secret; hidden.
Origin of abstruse
1590–1600; < Latin abstrūsus thrust away, concealed (past participle of abstrūdere), equivalent to abs- abs- + trūd- thrust + -tus past participle suffix
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1. incomprehensible, unfathomable, arcane.
1. clear, uncomplicated, simple; obvious.
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Examples from the Web for abstruseness
But abstruseness is a quality appertaining to no subject per se.Eureka:
Edgar A. Poe
It was true that she had it upside down; but, as he remarked, that only added to the abstruseness of the subject.Katharine Frensham
It is the abstruseness of the proposition which stimulates research—which stirs profoundly the brain of the thinking world.In Search of the Unknown
Robert W. Chambers
The most wrinkled Æson of an abstruseness leaps rosy out of his bubbling genius.Shelley
He further impressed his contemporaries by his psychological profundity and abstruseness.Friedrich Nietzsche
- not easy to understand; recondite; esoteric
C16: from Latin abstrūsus thrust away, concealed, from abs- ab- 1 + trūdere to thrust
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Word Origin and History for abstruseness
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