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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscureness, obscurity, abstruseness, reconditenessnoun

    the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand

  2. reconditeness, abstruseness, abstrusity, profoundness, profunditynoun

    wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound

    "the anthropologist was impressed by the reconditeness of the native proverbs"


  1. abstrusenessnoun

    The property of being abstruse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abstrusenessnoun

    The quality of being abstruse; difficulty, obscurity.

    Etymology: from abstruse.

    It is not oftentimes so much what the scripture says, as what some men persuade others it says, that makes it seem obscure, and that as to some other passages that are so indeed, since it is the abstruseness of what is taught in them, that makes them almost inevitably so; it is little less saucy, upon such a score, to find fault with the style of the scripture, than to do so with the author for making us but men. Robert Boyle, on the Scripture.


  1. abstruseness

    In philosophy, the terms obscurantism and obscurationism describe the anti-intellectual practices of deliberately presenting information in an abstruse and imprecise manner that limits further inquiry and understanding of a subject. There are two historical and intellectual denotations of obscurantism: (1) the deliberate restriction of knowledge—opposition to the dissemination of knowledge; and (2) deliberate obscurity—a recondite style of writing characterized by deliberate vagueness.The term obscurantism derives from the title of the 16th-century satire Epistolæ Obscurorum Virorum (Letters of Obscure Men, 1515–1519), which was based upon the intellectual dispute between the German Catholic humanist Johann Reuchlin and the monk Johannes Pfefferkorn of the Dominican Order, about whether or not all Jewish books should be burned as un-Christian heresy. Earlier, in 1509, the monk Pfefferkorn had obtained permission from Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1486–1519), to burn all copies of the Talmud (Jewish law and Jewish ethics) known to be in the Holy Roman Empire (AD 926–1806); the Letters of Obscure Men satirized the Dominican arguments for burning un-Christian works. In the 18th century, Enlightenment philosophers applied the term obscurantist to any enemy of intellectual enlightenment and the liberal diffusion of knowledge. In the 19th century, in distinguishing the varieties of obscurantism found in metaphysics and theology from the "more subtle" obscurantism of the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and of modern philosophical skepticism, Friedrich Nietzsche said: "The essential element in the black art of obscurantism is not that it wants to darken individual understanding, but that it wants to blacken our picture of the world, and darken our idea of existence."


  1. abstruseness

    Abstruseness refers to the quality or state of being difficult to understand or comprehend due to complexity or obscurity. It is often used to describe information, concepts, or theories that are hard to penetrate, dense, or hard to grasp.

  2. abstruseness

    Abstruseness refers to the quality or state of being complex, difficult to understand, obscure, or incomprehensible. It often applies to concepts, ideas, details, or phenomena that are complicated and not easily understood by someone without specialized knowledge or expertise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abstrusenessnoun

    the quality of being abstruse; difficulty of apprehension

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstruseness in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abstruseness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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