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arcane

adjective

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1 difficult for one of ordinary knowledge or intelligence to understand
  • grammatical rules that seem arcane to generations of students who were never taught grammar in the first place

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2 having an often intentionally veiled or uncertain meaning
  • the rebate form uses arcane language, the only purpose of which seems to be to disqualify buyers from actually getting a rebate

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The first known use of arcane was in 1547

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“Arcane.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/arcane. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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