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abstruse

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adjective ab·struse \əb-ˈstrüs, ab-\

Simple Definition of abstruse

  • : hard to understand

Full Definition of abstruse

  1. :  difficult to comprehend :  recondite <the abstruse calculations of mathematicians>

ab·struse·ly adverb
ab·struse·ness noun

Examples of abstruse

  1. Her subject matter is abstruse.

  2. <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



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