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arcane

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adjective ar·cane \är-ˈkān\

Simple Definition of arcane

  • : secret or mysterious : known or understood by only a few people

Full Definition of arcane

  1. :  known or knowable only to the initiate :  secret <arcane rites>; broadly :  mysterious, obscure <arcane explanations>

Examples of arcane

  1. a theory filled with arcane details

  2. <grammatical rules that seem arcane to generations of students who were never taught grammar in the first place>



Origin of arcane

Latin arcanus


First Known Use: 1547



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