abstruseness


abstruseness

adjective

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

adjective

  1. not easy to understand; recondite; esoteric
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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