arcane arcane  /ˌɑr ˈkeɪn/


  • (adj) requiring secret or mysterious knowledge


  • The arcane formula of the new product was written in a microfilm.


  1. Immigration Debate Veering Into Rules Standoff

    It took about a day for the Senate floor debate over immigration to get twisted into a knot over amendment votes and the chamber's arcane procedures.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CQ Politics

  2. Putnam transit study: cut fares, create east-west shuttle

    The Putnam County Transportation Task Force has presented recommendations to overhaul Putnam's arcane public transportation system.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Journal News

  3. At the IRS, bureaucratic finger-pointing emerges

    The targeting of conservative groups seeking special tax status had direct Washington connections and the picture emerging from the agency is one of a slow-moving, overwhelmed bureaucracy struggling with arcane filing systems, endless meetings and spreadsheets, and unclear chains of command, according to congressional investigative documents.The dense and arcane system has turned into intra ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: MSNBC


  1. Byrd was skilled "in using arcane Senate rules to achieve his goals, and was proud of his ability to count votes and forge prevailing coalitions," Carter said in a statement.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Jimmy Carter Source: The Associated Press

  2. He compared it to paying off the national mortgage, but Liberal MP John McCallum accused him of using "an arcane statistic" - the net debt - to confuse people.
    on Nov 23, 2006 By: John McCallum Source: Edmonton Sun

  3. "These are rather arcane matters, I would admit. They're rather difficult and sometimes they don't always present well," Griffin said. "But in the long run, I think if it's the right thing, we can explain it to you and you want us doing...
    on Jul 24, 2005 By: Michael Griffin Source:

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