arcane

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

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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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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

arcane (masculine and feminine, plural arcanes)

  1. arcane, secret, mysterious

Noun[edit]

arcane m (plural arcanes)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) mysteries, arcanum

Italian[edit]

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arcane f

  1. feminine plural of arcano

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Latin[edit]

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arcāne

  1. vocative masculine singular of arcānus