ETYM Latin abstrusus, p. p. of abstrudere to thrust away, conceal; ab, abs + trudere to thrust; cf. French abstrus. Related to Threat.
Difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; SYN. deep, recondite.
Esoteric; difficult to understand.
ETYM Old Eng. dark, derk, deork, as. dearc, deorc; cf. Gael. and Irish dorch, dorcha, dark, black, dusky.
1. (Used of color) Having a dark hue.
2. (Used of hair or skin or eyes) Brownish or black.
3. Devoid or partially devoid of light or brightness; shadowed or black or somber-colored.
4. Marked by difficulty of style or expression; SYN. obscure.
5. Not giving performances; closed.
7. Showing a brooding ill humor; SYN. dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen.
1. Extending relatively far inward
2. Having great spatial extension or penetration; downward ;); or laterally ); or outward from a center (sports); sometimes used in combination
3. Relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply
4. Marked by depth of thinking; SYN. profound, pensive, ponderous.
5. Relatively thick from top to bottom
6. Very distant in time or space
8. With head or back bent low
9. Exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy
10. Large in quantity or size
11. Strong; intense; SYN. rich.
1. Lacking clarity or distinctness; SYN. faint, shadowy, vague, wispy.
2. Lacking in light; not bright or harsh; SYN. subdued.
ETYM Cf. French énigmatique.
1. Not clear to the understanding; SYN. enigmatical, puzzling.
2. Resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; SYN. oracular.
Mysterious, puzzling, ambiguous, unclear
Characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom; SYN. grim.
So shaded as to be dark or gloomy; SYN. mirky.
1. Not drawing attention; SYN. unnoticeable.
2. Not famous or acclaimed; SYN. unknown, unsung.
ETYM French, from Latin opacus. Related to Opacous.
1. Not clear; not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy.
2. Not clearly understood or expressed; SYN. unintelligible.
3. Not transparent; dark; stupid.
ETYM Latin reconditus, p. p. of recondere to put up again, to lay up, to conceal; pref. re- re- + condere to bring or lay together. Related to Abscond.
1. Hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse.
2. Dealing in things abstruse; profound; searching.
Out of the way; little known.
Concealed; abstruse; erudite.
ETYM Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae darkness: cf. French ténébreux.
Dark and gloomy; SYN. tenebrific, tenebrious.
Sinonimi: in darkness
Without light; SYN. in darkness.
In an obscure manner.
In a shady or suspicious manner.