arcane
adjective Etymology: Latin arcanus Date: 1547 known or knowable only to the initiate ; secret <
arcane rites
>
; broadly mysterious, obscure <
arcane explanations
>

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  • arcane — ARCANE. s. m. Mot emprunté du Latin par les Alchimistes, pour désigner quelqu une de leurs opérations mystérieuses …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • arcane — (adj.) 1540s, from L. arcanus secret, hidden, private, concealed, from arcere close up, enclose, contain, from arca chest, box, place for safe keeping, from PIE *ark to hold, contain, guard (Cf. Gk. arkos defense, arkein to ward off; Arm. argel… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • arcane — [adj] hidden, secret cabalistic, esoteric, impenetrable, mysterious, mystic, occult, recondite, unaccountable, unknowable; concept 576 Ant. common, commonplace, known, normal, outward …   New thesaurus

  • arcane — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ understood by few; mysterious. DERIVATIVES arcanely adverb. ORIGIN Latin arcanus, from arca chest …   English terms dictionary

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