VCR Lesson 1 Presentation
Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from lesson 1
Difficult to understand; complex
Abstruseness can be used in the form of a noun.
trudere (L.) "to push" or "to thrust"
"Abstruse" comes from the Latin word "abstrusus" which means to thrust away.
Abstruse vs. Obtuse
Abstruse is used in the context of a written, sung, or spoken text, and it means "difficult to understand."
Obtuse is used to refer to a person or a physical object, and it means "not pointed" or "simpleminded; imperceptive."
Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced types is used incorrectly.
b) Tom found his AP Psychology class to be abstruse; he never studied yet received A's on every exam he took.
c) Chemistry, in its abstruseness and complexity, is difficult to understand.
d) Although I was listening closely to what the doctor said, I could not understand his abstruse explanation.