Definition of abstruse
: difficult to comprehend : recondite the abstruse calculations of mathematicians abstruse concepts/ideas/theories
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Examples of abstruse in a Sentence
Her subject matter is abstruse.
you're not the only one who finds Einstein's theory of relativity abstruse
Recent Examples of abstruse from the Web
Using high-powered computers to construct abstruse models, quantitative traders instantaneously analyze an amount of data that is too vast for any one human mind.
Unlike crossword puzzles, which require a tolerance for deciphering abstruse clues, sudoku merely asks players to count to 9 over and over again without repeating the same numeral in the same row or column.
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Latin Ties Things Together With Abstruse
Look closely at the following Latin verbs, all of which are derived from the verb "trudere" ("to push"): "extrudere," "intrudere," "obtrudere," "protrudere." Each of these Latin verbs has an English descendant whose meaning involves pushing or thrusting. Another "trudere" offspring, abstrudere, meaning "to push away" or "to conceal," gave English abstrude, meaning "to thrust away." But that verb didn't make it past the 17th century. The "abstrudere" descendant that did survive is "abstruse," an adjective that recalls the meaning of its Latin parent abstrusus, meaning "concealed."
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