hard to understand; recondite; esoteric:
Obsolete. secret; hidden.
He further impressed his contemporaries by his psychological profundity and abstruseness.
Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
But abstruseness is a quality appertaining to no subject per se.
Eureka: Edgar A. Poe
abstruseness in expression is very frequently regarded as an indication of profundity.
The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
It was true that she had it upside down; but, as he remarked, that only added to the abstruseness of the subject.
Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
The most wrinkled Æson of an abstruseness leaps rosy out of his bubbling genius.
Shelley Francis Thompson
It is the abstruseness of the proposition which stimulates research—which stirs profoundly the brain of the thinking world.
In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
And the important fact is that this abstruseness is not verbal, any more than it is the abstruseness of fog and cloud.
Critical Miscellanies, Vol. I John Morley
not easy to understand; recondite; esoteric
1590s, from Middle French abstrus (16c.) or directly from Latin abstrusus “hidden, concealed, secret,” past participle of abstrudere “conceal,” literally “to thrust away,” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + trudere “to thrust, push” (see extrusion). Related: Abstrusely; abstruseness.
the quality or state of being . an statement, action, etc.
utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false: an absurd explanation. the quality or condition of existing in a meaningless and irrational world. Contemporary Examples Demanding that Johnson come up with a strategy to repeal Obamacare or else destroy the economy and the country is […]
- Absurd, theater of the
absurd, theater of the Plays that stress the illogical or irrational aspects of experience, usually to show the pointlessness of modern life. Samuel Beckett, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Eugene Ionesco, Edward Albee, and Harold Pinter have written plays of this kind.
the philosophical and literary doctrine that human beings live in essential isolation in a meaningless and irrational world.
of, relating to, or dealing with absurdism or the . an adherent of absurdism, especially a writer whose work is characterized by absurdist ideas. Contemporary Examples Such strict constitutionalist arguments, Adler said, are based on an absurdist, “gotcha literalism.” The Candidate Named “Pro-Life” Michael Ames October 30, 2010 Country-wide, the lack of utilities, even in […]