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  • 1 Abstruse — Ab*struse , a. [L. abstrusus, p. p. of abstrudere to thrust away, conceal; ab, abs + trudere to thrust; cf. F. abstrus. See {Threat}.] 1. Concealed or hidden out of the way. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The eternal eye whose sight discerns Abstrusest… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 abstruse — I adjective abstract, ambiguous, attenuated, cloudy, complex, difficult to understand, elusive, enigmatic, esoteric, hidden, incomprehensible, indefinable, indefinite, inexplicable, mysterious, nebulous, obscure, profound, puzzling, rarefied,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 abstruse — (adj.) 1590s, from M.Fr. abstrus (16c.) or directly from L. abstrusus, pp. of abstrudere conceal, lit. to thrust away, from ab away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + trudere to thrust, push (see EXTRUSION (Cf. extrusion)). Related …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 abstruse — *recondite, occult, esoteric Analogous words: *complex, complicated, intricate, knotty: *abstract, ideal: enigmatic, cryptic, dark, *obscure Antonyms: obvious, plain Contrasted words: *evident, manifest, clear, palpable: *easy, s …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 abstruse — [adj] difficult to understand abstract, clear as dishwater*, complex, complicated, deep, enigmatic, esoteric, Greek to me*, heavy*, hidden, incomprehensible, intricate, involved, muddy, obscure, perplexing, profound, puzzling, recondite, subtle,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 abstruse — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ difficult to understand; obscure. DERIVATIVES abstrusely adverb abstruseness noun. ORIGIN Latin abstrusus concealed …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 abstruse — [ab stro͞os′, əbstro͞os′] adj. [L abstrusus, pp. of abstrudere, to thrust away < ab(s) , away + trudere, to THRUST] hard to understand because of being extremely complex, intellectually demanding, highly abstract, etc.; deep; recondite… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 abstruse — adjective /æbˈstruːs,əbˈstruːs/ remote from apprehension; difficult to comprehend or understand; recondite; as in abstruse learning. It is certain that the easy and obvious philosophy will always, with the generality of mankind, have the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 9 abstruse — ● abstrus, abstruse adjectif (latin abstrusus, caché) Littéraire. Difficile à comprendre, obscur, abscons : Un poème abstrus. ● abstrus, abstruse (synonymes) adjectif (latin abstrusus, caché) Littéraire. Difficile à comprendre, obscur, abscons… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 10 abstruse — [16] It is not clear whether English borrowed abstruse from French abstrus(e) or directly from Latin abstrūsus, but the ultimate source is the Latin form. It is the past participle of the verb abstrūdere, literally ‘thrust’ (trūdere) ‘away’ (ab) …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 abstruse — [[t]æbstru͟ːs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) You can describe something as abstruse if you find it difficult to understand, especially when you think it could be explained more simply. [FORMAL] Meanwhile meetings keep reverting to fruitless… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 abstruse — [16] It is not clear whether English borrowed abstruse from French abstrus(e) or directly from Latin abstrūsus, but the ultimate source is the Latin form. It is the past participle of the verb abstrūdere, literally ‘thrust’ (trūdere) ‘away’ (ab) …

    Word origins

  • 13 abstruse — adjective Etymology: Latin abstrusus, from past participle of abstrudere to conceal, from abs , ab + trudere to push more at threat Date: 1599 difficult to comprehend ; recondite < the abstruse calculations of mathematicians > • abstrusely …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 abstruse — abstrusely, adv. abstruseness, n. /ab stroohs /, adj. 1. hard to understand; recondite; esoteric: abstruse theories. 2. Obs. secret; hidden. [1590 1600; < L abstrusus thrust away, concealed (ptp. of abstrudere), equiv. to abs ABS + trud thrust +… …

    Universalium

  • 15 abstruse — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. profound, recondite, esoteric, subtle, deep; obscure, enigmatical. See unintelligibility, obscurity. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. recondite, deep, obscure, complex; see difficult 2 . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 abstruse — ab|struse [əbˈstru:s, æb ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of abstrudere to hide , from abs away + trudere to push ] unnecessarily complicated and difficult to understand ▪ Maths is a mix of abstruse theory and… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 abstruse — ab|struse [ æb strus ] adjective FORMAL abstruse ideas or arguments are hard to understand, and more complicated than necessary: OBSCURE …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 abstruse — adjective her abstruse arguments were hard to follow Syn: obscure, arcane, esoteric, little known, recherché, rarefied, recondite, difficult, hard, puzzling, perplexing, cryptic, enigmatic, Delphic, complex, complicated, involved, over/above one… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 abstruse — UK [æbˈstruːs] / US [æbˈstrus] adjective formal abstruse ideas or arguments are hard to understand, and are more complicated than necessary …

    English dictionary

  • 20 abstruse — ab•struse [[t]æbˈstrus[/t]] adj. 1) hard to understand; recondite; esoteric: abstruse theories[/ex] 2) Obs. secret; hidden • Etymology: 1590–1600; < L abstrūsus lit., concealed, ptp. of abstrūdere to conceal from view =abs abs +trūdere to… …

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