- known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric: She knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters.
Origin of arcane
Related Words for arcaneesoteric, impenetrable, cabalistic, mysterious, mystic, occult, recondite, unaccountable, unknowable
Examples from the Web for arcane
Contemporary Examples of arcane
All those bloodthirsty tweets and arcane exhortations and now we find out you were an advertising executive—an ad exec!The Scared Widdle Kitty of ISIS
December 12, 2014
Food stamps are the biggest and most expensive component of the farm bill—an arcane piece of legislation that sets farm policy.Congress Unites to Screw the Hungry
September 8, 2014
The arcane pair of paragraphs are packed with the sort of yawn-provoking polysyllables that only a lawyer could love.Brazil’s Rich Ban Biographies Via Arcane Law
November 21, 2013
He is admirably intent on rescuing literature from the arcane rituals of US academia and restoring it to a wider audience.Do We Need to Be Told How to Read?
June 6, 2013
While they are arcane even in Georgia, they apparently are not without some small degree of influence.Georgia Is Celebrating Confederate Heritage and History Month? Really?
April 2, 2013
Historical Examples of arcane
Arcane was much pleased and laughed heartily when he saw no one was hurt.
The earth is tapped of its arcane energies, the very air yields to us its mysterious powers.National Being
(A.E.)George William Russell
Arcane took a bucket of water back from camp and after drinking it and resting awhile the ox was driven down to the spring.
We met Bennett and Arcane's teamsters, and as we expected they were already out of grub and no way to get anymore.
Arcane was quite of the same opinion, the saving of a week of hard and tiresome travel being in each case the deciding reason.
- requiring secret knowledge to be understood; mysterious; esoteric
Word Origin for arcane
1540s, from Latin arcanus "secret, hidden, private, concealed," from arcere "close up, enclose, contain," from arca "chest, box, place for safe-keeping," from PIE *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (cf. Greek arkos "defense," arkein "to ward off;" Armenian argel "obstacle;" Lithuanian raktas "key," rakinti "to shut, lock").