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Abstruse vs. Arcane

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Abstruseadjective

Difficult to comprehend or understand.

Arcaneadjective

Understood by only a few.

‘arcane rituals’;

Abstruseadjective

(obsolete) Concealed or hidden out of the way; secret.

Arcaneadjective

(by extension) Obscure, mysterious.

‘arcane origins’; ‘arcane details’;

Abstruseadjective

Concealed or hidden out of the way.

‘The eternal eye whose sight discernsAbstrusest thoughts.’;

Arcaneadjective

Requiring secret or mysterious knowledge to understand.

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Abstruseadjective

Remote from apprehension; difficult to be comprehended or understood; recondite; as, abstruse learning.

‘Profound and abstruse topics.’;

Arcaneadjective

Extremely old (e.g. interpretation or knowledge), and possibly irrelevant.

Abstruseadjective

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’;

Arcaneadjective

Hidden; secret.

Abstruseadjective

difficult to understand; obscure

‘an abstruse philosophical inquiry’;

Arcaneadjective

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge;

‘the arcane science of dowsing’;

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