abstruse abstruse  /əb ˈstrus/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

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Usage(s):

  1. Solving such monstrous problems requires the use of an abstruse branch of mathematics known as linear programming.
  2. If the President is to succeed with his domestic-policy agenda, he needs to convince people that action is necessary on these abstruse issues.
  3. Anne Burrell, star of the new Food Network show Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, says she's likewise wary of intentionally abstruse menu language.

News

  • How to Create Codes That Even the NSA Can't Break

    In a previous post I described mathematicians' ongoing search for key properties of prime numbers. That effort may seem to belong entirely within the realm of pure mathematics; but surprisingly, the importance of primes goes far beyond the abstruse obsessions of ivory-tower mathematicians. In fact, the use of prime numbers underlies some of the most dramatic events in the news these past weeks ...
    on August 1, 2013     Source: Discover

Quotes

  1. "His cinema is neither abstruse or abstract like art films nor is it escapist and unrealistic like hardcore commercial cinema," Khanna said here today.
    on Nov 27, 2005 By: Rajesh Khanna Source: Hindu

  2. The Guardian critic Alexis Petridis said: "It's a really interesting mainstream rock record that absolutely deserves wider audience recognition - the songs are fantastic, the lyrics are beautifully turned, it works a lot of slightly abstruse and...
    on Sep 9, 2008 By: Alexis Petridis Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "Just because we are dealing with international affairs and diplomacy, there is no reason to be abstruse," Sarkozy told reporters on Thursday, distancing himself from the subtle, convoluted language that made French diplomacy famous.
    on Jun 8, 2007 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: Reuters.uk

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