hard to understand; recondite; esoteric:
abstruse theories.
Obsolete. secret; hidden.
Historical Examples

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.

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