from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an abstruse manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an abstruse or recondite manner; in a manner not to be easily understood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a manner difficult to understand


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abstruse +‎ -ly


  • While the history of '00s New York dance-rock tilts toward the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem, the band known abstrusely as !!!

    Music With an Exclamation Point

  • Hippocrates had once abstrusely opined that cancer was “best left untreated, since patients live longer that way.”

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Especially in time of stress, of war or social unrest, men have felt a certain callousness about the interests of the abstrusely remote scholar.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance

  • Tablet which, however misconstrued at first as an exposition of the science of divination, was later recognized to have unravelled, on the one hand, the mystery of the Musta_gh_á_th_, and to have abstrusely alluded, on the other, to the nineteen years which must needs elapse between the

    God Passes By

  • "A day's journey by tonga matures acquaintanceships wonderfully," he observed abstrusely.

    The Bronze Bell

  • Mary Virginia often talked as the alchemists used to write -- cryptically, abstrusely, as if to hide the golden truth from all but the initiate.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man

  • He contrived to preserve, in the most abstrusely philosophical of these writings, a simplicity and clarity which, although they have not commended him to professional metaphysicians, make his attitude to the problems of metaphysics extremely intelligible.

    Thomas Henry Huxley A Sketch Of His Life And Work

  • He calculated abstrusely the practicable shortness of the two routes from

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 7

  • For myself I have been entirely _idle, _ -- I dare not even say, too abstrusely _occupied; _ for I have merely been _looking_ at the

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II.

  • This Chapter, which cannot, when it is printed, amount to so little as an hundred pages, will of necessity greatly increase the expense of the work; and every reader who, like myself, is neither prepared nor perhaps calculated for the study of so abstruse a subject so abstrusely treated, will, as I have before hinted, be almost entitled to accuse you of a sort of imposition on him.

    Biographia Literaria


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