The Latin word abstrūsus, which can be translated as “hidden”, arrived in Castilian as abstruse. It’s about a adjective that is used to qualify what is complex to understand.

AbstruseThe abstruse is something whose understanding is arduous. Therefore it demands certain knowledge or a intellectual effort. It is common for the term to refer to intricate texts, from Great depth or from technical vocabulary.

That a content be abstruse is not necessarily good or bad. Sometimes the theme is complex in itself or the style of the author carries a certain degree of difficulty. However, the speech can become abstruse without meaning, with which this characteristic supposes a fault of its creator.

Let’s see a example simple. Journalists often want the information they provide to reach as many audiences as possible and to be accessible. For this reason, if there is rainfall in the early hours of the day, a communicator should indicate that it is a “rainy morning” and not one “Rainy dawn”. This second expression is abstruse and can make many people not know what you mean.

Economists, physicians, and other professionals, on the other hand, can use plain and clear language to reach more persons or use a abstruse vocabulary. This usually depends on the objective of the issuer or the context: while an academic document intended for other specialists is normal to be abstruse for those who are not experts in the field, a note published in a newspaper of mass circulation has to be simple to understand.