Abstruse vs Unknown - What's the difference?
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Abstruse is a related term of unknown.
As adjectives the difference between abstruse and unknown
is that abstruse
is (obsolete) concealed or hidden out of the way; secret
[ while unknown is not known; unidentified; not well known. ]
As a noun unknown is (algebra) a variable (usually x'', ''y'' or ''z ) whose value is to be found.
(obsolete) Concealed or hidden out of the way; secret.
* 1612 , Thomas Shelton (translator), Miguel de Cervantes (Spanish author), The History of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha , Part 4, Chapter 15, page 500:
* 1667 , , Paradise Lost :
- O who is he that could carrie newes to our olde father, that thou wert but aliue, although thou wert hidden in the most abstruse dungeons of Barbarie; for his riches, my brothers and mine would fetch thee from thence.
Difficult to comprehend or understand; recondite; obscure; esoteric.
- The eternal eye whose sight discerns abstrusest thoughts.
* 1548 , Bishop John Hooper, A Declaration of the Ten Holy Comaundementes of Almygthye God , Chapter 17 Curiosity, Page 218:
* 1748 , David Hume, Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 13.
- ...at the end of his cogitacions, fyndithe more abstruse , and doutfull obiections then at the beginning...
* 1855 , , History of Latin Christianity :
- It is certain that the easy and obvious philosophy will always, with the generality of mankind, have the preference above the accurate and abstruse ;
- Profound and abstruse topics.
* More abstruse and most abstruse are the preferred forms over abstruser and abstrusest.
Not known; unidentified; not well known.
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(algebra) A variable (usually x'', ''y'' or ''z ) whose value is to be found.
Any fact or place about which nothing is known (as in the phrase "into the unknown").
A person of no identity; a nonentity
* 1965 , (Bob Dylan), (Like a Rolling Stone)
- How does it feel
- To be on your own
- With no direction home
- Like a complete unknown
- Like a rolling stone?