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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.

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Google previewA Dictionary of the Päli Language (1875)

by Robert Cæsar Childers

Clever, skilled, sharp, intelligent ; delicate, subtle, abstruse [f'PJXH] • Ab. 721 ; Mah. lxxxvii. Nipunam panham, an abstruse question (Att. 230). Sunipunam cittam, thought which is very subtle (Dh. 7). Nipuno gambhiro dhammo, an abstruse ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, or, Universal dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature (1810)

by John Wilkes (of Milland House, Sussex)

Abstruse; difficult. Absent of mind, inattentive to present objects; as, an abstracted scholar. ABSTRACTEDLY, adv. With abstraction, simply, separately from all contingent circumstances. ABSTRACTION,/ \_abstra3io, Lat.] The act of abstracting.

Google previewCritical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language (1850)

Abridged ... Containing a Table of the Simple and Dipthongal Vowels Referred to by the Figures Over the Letters in this Dictionary by John Walker, Thomas Smith

separated ; refined, abstruse ; absent of mind Abstractedly, ab -strak'ted-li ad. simply, separately from all contingent circiim- . stances Abstraction , ab-strak'shfin s. the act of abstracting; the state of beinf abstracted quality of ...

Google previewPronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1834)

by John Walker

separated; refined, abstruse ; absent of mind. Abstractedly ...

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Quotes about abstruse


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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