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ar·cane

 (är-kān′)
adj.
Known or understood by only a few: arcane economic theories. See Synonyms at mysterious.

[Latin arcānus, secret, from arca, chest.]

arcane

(ɑːˈkeɪn)
adj
requiring secret knowledge to be understood; mysterious; esoteric
[C16: from Latin arcānus secret, hidden, from arcēre to shut up, keep safe]
arˈcanely adv
arˈcaneness n

ar•cane

(ɑrˈkeɪn)

adj.
known or understood by those with special knowledge; secret: arcane rituals.
[1540–50; (< Middle French) < Latin arcānus=arc(a) chest, box + -ānus -an1]

arcane

- Meaning "hidden, secret; mysterious, abstruse," it is from Latin arcere, "shut up," from arca, "chest."
See also related terms for mysterious.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.arcane - requiring secret or mysterious knowledgearcane - requiring secret or mysterious knowledge; "the arcane science of dowsing"
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

arcane

adjective mysterious, secret, hidden, esoteric, occult, recondite, cabbalistic the arcane world of contemporary music

arcane

adjective
Difficult to explain or understand:
Translations

arcane

[ɑːˈkeɪn] ADJarcano

arcane

[ɑːrˈkeɪn] (formal) adj [world] → obscur(e); [knowledge] → ésotérique

arcane

adjobskur

arcane

[ɑːˈkeɪn] adj (frm) → arcano/a
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