1. Concealed or hidden out of the way. [Obs.]

The eternal eye whose sight discerns
Abstrusest thoughts.

2. Remote from apprehension; difficult to be comprehended or understood; recondite; as, abstruse learning.

Profound and abstruse topics.

(Ab*struse"ly), adv. In an abstruse manner.

(Ab*struse"ness), n. The quality of being abstruse; difficulty of apprehension. Boyle.

(Ab*stru"sion) n. [L. abstrusio. See Abstruse.] The act of thrusting away. [R.] Ogilvie.

(Ab*stru"si*ty) n. Abstruseness; that which is abstruse. [R.] Sir T. Browne.

(Ab*sume") v. t. [L. absumere, absumptum; ab + sumere to take.] To consume gradually; to waste away. [Obs.] Boyle.

(Ab*sump"tion) n. [L. absumptio. See Absume.] Act of wasting away; a consuming; extinction. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.

(Ab*surd") a. [L. absurdus harsh-sounding; ab + (prob) a derivative fr. a root svar to sound; not connected with surd: cf. F. absurde. See Syringe.] Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and flatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream.

This proffer is absurd and reasonless.

'This phrase absurd to call a villain great.
Pope. p. 9

Syn. — Foolish; irrational; ridiculous; preposterous; inconsistent; incongruous. — Absurd, Irrational, Foolish, Preposterous. Of these terms, irrational is the weakest, denoting that which is plainly inconsistent with the dictates of sound reason; as, an irrational course of life. Foolish rises higher, and implies either a perversion of that faculty, or an absolute weakness or fatuity of mind; as, foolish enterprises. Absurd rises still higher, denoting that which is plainly opposed to received notions of propriety and truth; as, an absurd man, project, opinion, story, argument, etc. Preposterous rises still higher, and supposes an absolute inversion in the order of things; or, in plain terms, a "putting of the cart before the horse;" as, a preposterous suggestion, preposterous conduct, a preposterous regulation or law.

(Ab*surd") n. An absurdity. [Obs.] Pope.

(Ab*surd"i*ty) n.; pl. Absurdities [L. absurditas: cf. F. absurdite.]

1. The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment. "The absurdity of the actual idea of an infinite number." Locke.

2. That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction.

His travels were full of absurdities.

(Ab*surd"ly), adv. In an absurd manner.

(Ab*surd"ness), n. Absurdity. [R.]

(||A*bu"na) n. [Eth. and Ar., our father.] The Patriarch, or head of the Abyssinian Church.

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