- understood by few; mysterious or secret.
The compact libretto used less of the flowery, arcane language that once had seemed a requisite of high style.
This arcane practice has to come to an end if investors are to have faith in equities in the long term.
The play has inconsistencies of tone, and like all Shakespearean comedy, its jokes are archaic and arcane.
Eventually, just two competitors stand against each other until one is able to spell some arcane word that the other cannot.
This is not a task to be undertaken lightly: the language is convoluted and arcane.
Einstein proceeds to describe with arcane mathematics and symbols his theory of relativity.
I could find a mentor and follow them around, learning the arcane and mystical art of pointing.
It may seem an arcane issue to go to war over, but the unions are worried that they are losing an increasing number of workers to the private sector.
Can television handle philosophy, which is popularly seen as either arcane or impossibly difficult?
Here at least, the lyrics are quite clear and not concealed beneath some arcane reference.
Modern conflict may be too complex for arcane forms of protest.
In a busy schedule where usually the legislation is very arcane, it can take years, if ever, for necessary change to occur.
Civil servants, ministers and the pensions industry agonised over how to interest the public in this arcane subject.
Records were denied airplay for the most arcane reasons imaginable.
Longhi’s metaphors are sometimes arcane, but they can also be familiar.
But in the arcane world of Commonwealth Games eligibility, nothing is simple.
In many parts of the globe disputes over history are often not arcane or academic disagreements.
If the dos and don’ts of tipping are so arcane, why is it so prevalent?
At one point an arcane discussion about the future of cursive handwriting starts up.
Under the arcane rules of the council, this has to be debated at an Executive Committee meeting.
The audio capabilities of cell phones and audio engines vary widely, from the completely rudimentary to the arcanely sophisticated.
She had picked up some tips from her father: watch the wool market because it indicates when a Depression is coming; or, more arcanely, keep an eye out for two sure signs that war is on the way: clothes become drab and women wear boots.
Thus the big toe has been given some recognition, albeit arcanely, as a special digit.
The legacy of those years is thousands of albums cluttering up our apartment, arcanely filed and catalogued.
I particularly liked Clark Richert’s “World Game,” a 1990 depiction of Denver rendered in Richert’s maniacally precise idiom, a dreamy science fiction, full of arcanely beautiful images.