What does the word abstruse mean?

    Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Hard to be understood; difficult.

Usage examples for abstruse

  1. " 'The Great Ice Age, ' by James Geikie, is a book that unites the popular and abstruse elements of scientific research to a remarkable degree. – Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  2. The subject, here undertaken by Mr. Bryant was one of uncommon difficulty; one of the most abstruse and difficult which antiquity presents to us; the information to be obtained concerning it must be collected from a vast number of incidental passages, observations and assertions scattered through antient authors, who being themselves but imperfectly acquainted with their subject, it is next to impossible to reconcile. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I. by Jacob Bryant
  3. On the whole, I am very weary of most " Literature":- and indeed, in very sorrowful, abstruse humor otherwise at present. – The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II. by Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson