V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: complex, obscure, and difficult to penetrate and understand

Synonyms: complex, difficult, abstract, obscure, esoteric, arcane, recondite, deep

Antonyms: clear, comprehensible, concrete, lucid

Tips: Abstruse is a word used in reference to lectures, papers, or ideas that are very difficult to understand. Abstruse is a great word to use to describe anything that is overly complex or obscure and difficult to understand.

Usage Examples:

I think he is a brilliant man, but his lectures are often abstruse and hard to follow. (overly complex, abstract, obscure)

A truly great teacher can discuss abstruse subject matter in common and easy to understand language. (complex, abstract)

The professor presented several abstruse concepts that were difficult for the students to grasp. (difficult, esoteric)

I thought his recommendations for this campaign were abstruse and not well defined. (obscure, abstract)

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