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Definition of the adjective abstruse

What does abstruse mean as an attribute of a noun?

Abstruse is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more abstruse / abstruser | most abstruse / abstrusest

  1. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
    • example: the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them
    • synonyms of abstruse: deep / recondite
    • similar: esoteric

Alternative definition of the adjective abstruse


  1. remote from apprehension; difficult to comprehend or understand; recondite; as in 'abstruse' learning.
  2. [obsolete] concealed or hidden out of the way.

Definition of the adjective abstruse for high school students

    hard to comprehend
    • example: Everyone else in the class understood geometry easily, but John found the subject abstruse.

The adjective abstruse is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abstruse

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Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2007)

by John Oswald

labstruse', a. inI-ru'ded, a. obtru'sively, ad. abstruse'ly, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Päli Language (1875)

by Robert Cæsar Childers

Nipunam pahhath, an abstruse question (Att. 230). Sunipunom cittam, thought which is very subtle (Dh. 7). Nipuno gambhlro dhammo, an abstruse and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana: Miscellaneous and lexicographical (1845)

by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

ABSTRUSE. w"wow ABSURD. ABUcco. - Ao ABUKESO, in Commerce, the same with Asian Con... o. Or whether more abstractedly we look, Or on the writers or the written book, Whence, but from Heaven, could men unskill'd in arts, In several ...

Google previewChambers's Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1874)

by William Chambers

Abstruse, abs-tröös', adj., thrust from ; hidden; difficult to be understood.—adz. abstruse'ly.—nt. abstruse'ness. [L. abstrusus—abs, from, trudo, to thrust.] Absurd, ab-surd", adf. obviously unreasonable or false, as a reply from one deaf-adz.

Google previewA Dictionary Of The English Language; In Which The Words Are Deduced From Their Originals; And Illustrated In Their Different Significations, By Examples From The Best Writers: Together With A History of the Language, and an English Grammar (1818)

by Samuel Johnson

Abstruse; difficult. 4. Absent of mind, inattentive to present objects ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)

Abstruse; difficult. 4. Absent of mind, inattentive to present objects; as, an abstracted scholar. And now no more the abstracted ear attends The water's murmuring lapse; the entranced eye Pierces no longer through the extended rows ...

Google previewWebster's Common Sense Dictionary (1902)

Literary, Scientific, Encyclopedic, Pronouncing and Defining by Noah Webster

Considered and treated apart from any particular object; dlltlcult; abstruse.— n. A summary or epitome; an abridgment. — abMtrncted, ab- strnkt'ed, a. Absent In mind; Inattentive, — abstractedly, adv.— abst racttMlne»M, n.

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Somebody puts a hand
on my shoulder
I turn around
suddenly it was moon.


Do you hear
the inaudible voices
of abstruse frosting.
The leaves are falling.

What you did not know
was my pain.
When I felt illumminated
in dark. (Satish Verma)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1T1R1U1S1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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