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abstruse
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
  • There are scholars among them, who had spent more years in acquiring abstruse lore, connected with the divine profession, than Mr. Dimmesdale had lived; and who might well, therefore, be more profoundly versed in such solid and valuable attainments than their youthful brother.
    Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (31% in)
abstruse = difficult to understand
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