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English

Etymology

From Latin arcanus (hidden, secret) < arcere (to shut up), arca (a chest).

Pronunciation

Adjective

arcane (comparative more arcane, superlative most arcane)

Positive
arcane

Comparative
more arcane

Superlative
most arcane

  1. Understood by only a few; obscure; requiring secret or mysterious knowledge.
    • 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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References

  • arcane in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • arcane in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • arcane at OneLook® Dictionary Search

Italian

Adjective

arcane f.

  1. Feminine plural form of arcano.

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