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Abstruse

Obscurantism (/ɒbˈskjʊərənˌtɪzəm, əb-/ and /ˌɒbskjʊˈræntɪzəm/) is the practice of deliberately preventing the facts of some subject matter from becoming known.

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}]

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 thoughts. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Remote from apprehension; difficult to be comprehended or understood; recondite; as, abstruse learning. [1913 Webster] Profound and abstruse topics. --Milman. [1913 Webster]

Arcane

Western esotericism (also called esotericism and esoterism) is a scholarly term for a wide range of loosely related ideas and movements which have developed within Western society.

arcane adj : requiring secret or mysterious knowledge; "the arcane science of dowsing"

Arcane \Ar*cane"\, a. [L. arcanus.] Hidden; secret. [Obs.] ``The arcane part of divine wisdom.'' --Berkeley. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • abstruse: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • abstruse: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • arcane: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • arcane: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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