abstruse

[ ab-stroos ]
/ æbˈstrus /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. abstractive,
  2. abstractively,
  3. abstractly,
  4. abstrict,
  5. abstriction,
  6. abstrusely,
  7. abstrusity,
  8. absurd,
  9. absurd, theater of the,
  10. absurdism

Origin of abstruse

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

Related formsab·struse·ly, adverbab·struse·ness, noun

Can be confusedabstruse obtuse

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British Dictionary definitions for abstruseness

abstruse

/ (əbˈstruːs) /

adjective

not easy to understand; recondite; esoteric
Derived Formsabstrusely, adverbabstruseness, noun

Word Origin for abstruse

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

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Word Origin and History for abstruseness

abstruse

adj.

1590s, from Middle French abstrus (16c.) or directly from Latin abstrusus "hidden, concealed, secret," past participle of abstrudere "conceal," literally "to thrust away," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + trudere "to thrust, push" (see extrusion). Related: Abstrusely; abstruseness.

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