A Word A Day : Abstruse
( Adjective )
Sunday, 12th August 2007 : Today's Word is...
Pronunciation : (ab-strus')
1. Difficult to understand
2. Beyond the understanding of an average mind
3. Hard to understandEtymology:
Latin abstrūsus, past participle of abstrūdere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab–1 + trūdere, to pushSynonyms:
1. Child's Play
10. SimpleContextual Example:
• 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. Related Words:Abstrusely
: ab·struse'ly : AdverbAbstruseness
: ab·struse'ness : NounNote:
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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