Word of the Day - Arcane - For Reading Addicts

Word of the Day – Arcane

By April 20, 2018 Word of the Day

Arcane (adj)


Understood by few; mysterious or secret.

Mid 16th century: from Latin arcanus, from arcere ‘to shut up’, from arca ‘chest’.

Example sentences

“I’ve had it with the whole institution and their arcane procedures.”

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