abstruse adj : difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography" [syn: deep, recondite]
Etymologyabstrusus, past participle of abstrudere to thrust away, conceal; ab, abs + trudere to thrust; compare abstrus. See Threat.
- remote from apprehension; difficult to comprehend or understand; recondite; as, abstruse
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding
and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University
Press, 1973. § 13.
- It is certain that the easy and obvious philosophy will always, with the generality of mankind, have the preference above the accurate and abstruse;
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 13.
- concealed or hidden
out of the way.
- The eternal eye whose sight discerns Abstrusest thoughts. — #:* Profound and abstruse topics. - Milman
difficult to comprehend
- Italian: astruso
- Portuguese: abstruso
- Feminine plural form of astruso
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