abstruse


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ab·struse

 (ăb-stro͞os′, əb-)
adj.
Difficult to understand; recondite: The students avoided the professor's abstruse lectures.

[Latin abstrūsus, past participle of abstrūdere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + trūdere, to push; see treud- in Indo-European roots.]

ab·struse′ly adv.
ab·struse′ness n.

abstruse

(əbˈstruːs)
adj
not easy to understand; recondite; esoteric
[C16: from Latin abstrūsus thrust away, concealed, from abs- ab-1 + trūdere to thrust]
abˈstrusely adv
abˈstruseness n

ab•struse

(æbˈstrus)

adj.
1. hard to understand; recondite; esoteric: abstruse theories.
2. Obs. secret; hidden.
[1590–1600; < Latin abstrūsus literally, concealed, past participle of abstrūdere to conceal from view =abs- abs- + trūdere to thrust, push]
ab•struse′ly, adv.
ab•struse′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.abstruse - difficult to penetrateabstruse - difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

abstruse

abstruse

adjective
Beyond the understanding of an average mind:
Slang: heavy.
Translations
مُبْهَم، عَوِيص، صَعْبْ الفَهْم
těžko pochopitelný
dunkel
nehezen érthető
torskilinn
painumaspainus
grūti saprotamsneskaidrs
anlaşılması zorçapraşık

abstruse

[æbˈstruːs] ADJrecóndito, abstruso

abstruse

[æbˈstruːs] adj [point, concept] → abstrus(e)

abstruse

adjabstrus

abstruse

[əbˈstruːs] adj (theory, concept) → astruso/a

abstruse

(əbˈstruːs) adjective
difficult to understand. abstruse reasoning.
abˈstruseness noun
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Besides, in our day, the very A B C has become a science greatly too abstruse to be any longer taught by pointing a pin from letter to letter.
There are scholars among them, who had spent more years in acquiring abstruse lore, connected with the divine profession, than Mr.
Dis yer matter 'bout persistence, feller-niggers," said Sam, with the air of one entering into an abstruse subject, "dis yer 'sistency 's a thing what an't seed into very clar, by most anybody.
But I had no inclination for the law, even in this less abstruse study of it, which my family approved.
In this abstruse pursuit; in making an account for Peggotty, of all the property into which she had come; in arranging all the affairs in an orderly manner; and in being her referee and adviser on every point, to our joint delight; I passed the week before the funeral.
So spake our Sire, and by his count'nance seemd Entring on studious thoughts abstruse, which EVE Perceaving where she sat retir'd in sight, With lowliness Majestic from her seat, And Grace that won who saw to wish her stay, Rose, and went forth among her Fruits and Flours, To visit how they prosper'd, bud and bloom, Her Nurserie; they at her coming sprung And toucht by her fair tendance gladlier grew.
The subject is not so abstruse as I thought it was.
The objects of geometrical inquiry are so entirely abstracted from those pursuits which stir up and put in motion the unruly passions of the human heart, that mankind, without difficulty, adopt not only the more simple theorems of the science, but even those abstruse paradoxes which, however they may appear susceptible of demonstration, are at variance with the natural conceptions which the mind, without the aid of philosophy, would be led to entertain upon the subject.
Doubtless the good man has spent many a studious hour in this old chair, either penning a sermon or reading some abstruse book of theology, till midnight came upon him unawares.
were pondering over the string of rather abstruse grammatical interrogatories I had propounded, I was at liberty to employ the vacant half hour in further observing the directress herself.
These characters, as any one might readily guess, form a cipher - that is to say, they convey a meaning; but then, from what is known of Kidd, I could not suppose him capable of constructing any of the more abstruse cryptographs.
They have fallen into the gross but common error of confounding the unusual with the abstruse.