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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-stroos]
    • /æbˈstrus/
    • /əb.ˈstruː.snəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-stroos]
    • /æbˈstrus/

Definitions of abstruseness word

  • adjective abstruseness hard to understand; recondite; esoteric: abstruse theories. 1
  • adjective abstruseness Obsolete. secret; hidden. 1
  • noun abstruseness The property of being abstruse; abstrusity. (First attested in the mid 17th century.)0. 1

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Origin of abstruseness

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Latin abstrūsus thrust away, concealed (past participle of abstrūdere), equivalent to abs- abs- + trūd- thrust + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Abstruseness


abstruseness popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for abstruseness

noun abstruseness

  • riddle — a coarse sieve, as one for sifting sand in a foundry.
  • conundrum — A conundrum is a problem or puzzle which is difficult or impossible to solve.
  • subtlety — the state or quality of being subtle.
  • question — a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
  • secrecy — the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed: a meeting held in secrecy.

Antonyms for abstruseness

noun abstruseness

  • known — past participle of know1 .
  • understanding — mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
  • harmony — agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
  • simplicity — the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.
  • clarity — The clarity of something such as a book or argument is its quality of being well explained and easy to understand.

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