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Monday, May 03, 2004

Definitions for abstruse

  1. Difficult to comprehend or understand.

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Citations for abstruse
Einstein's theories of relativity, so abstruse yet so disturbing in the popular press of the 1930s. David J. Skal, Screams of Reason
One should be particularly suspicious when abstruse mathematical concepts (like the axiom of choice in set theory) that are used rarely, if at all, in physics -- and certainly never in chemistry or biology -- miraculously become relevant in the humanities or the social sciences. Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Fashionable Nonsense
Origin of abstruse
1590-1600
Abstruse comes from Latin abstrusus, past participle of abstrudere, "to push away from any place, to hide," from ab-, abs-, "away from" + trudere, "to push, to thrust."