arcane

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From Latin arcanus ‎(hidden, secret), from arcere ‎(to withhold), arca ‎(a chest).

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arcane ‎(comparative more arcane, superlative most arcane)

  1. understood by only a few
  2. obscure, mysterious
  3. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge to understand.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 67, The Renaissance Episteme (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      A “signature” was placed on all things by God to indicate their affinities — but it was hidden, hence the search for arcane knowledge. Knowing was guessing and interpreting, not observing or demonstrating.

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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

arcane m, f ‎(plural arcanes)

  1. arcane, secret, mysterious

NounEdit

arcane m ‎(plural arcanes)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) mysteries, arcanum

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arcane f

  1. feminine plural of arcano

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LatinEdit

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arcāne

  1. vocative masculine singular of arcānus
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