Sunday, 12th August 2007 : Today's Word is...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : (ab-strus')
1. Difficult to understand
2. Beyond the understanding of an average mind
3. Hard to understand
Latin abstrūsus, past participle of abstrūdere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab1 + trūdere, to push
1. Child's Play
The professor's article, on the meaning of meaning, was very abstruse. Michael couldn't even pronounce the words in it.
Nuclear physics is a subject that is too abstruse for most people.
All of the texts were abstruse to Mike.
Abstrusely : abstruse'ly : Adverb
Abstruseness : abstruse'ness : Noun
When you mean to criticize something for being needlessly complex or baffling, the word you need is not obtuse, but abstruse.
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