Simple Definition of abstruse
: hard to understand
Full Definition of abstruse
: difficult to comprehend : recondite <the abstruse calculations of mathematicians>
Examples of abstruse
Her subject matter is abstruse.
<you're not the only one who finds Einstein's theory of relativity abstruse>
Origin of abstruse
Latin abstrusus, from past participle of abstrudere to conceal, from abs-, ab- + trudere to push — more at threat
First Known Use: 1599
Rhymes with abstruse
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