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arcane (adj) (of certain practices and the language connected with them) mysterious and secret.

Secret practices in which only the members of a group are allowed to participate or watch, are arcane. A secret code language used as words of charm is arcane. The people of a particular profession, for example, doctors use words which are special to their profession. Such words are arcane. They appear secretive and strange to a layman. If the rules of a game are too difficult for a layman to understand, the rules are arcane.

  • The arcane practices and the languages of some of the exclusive clubs and professions appear mysterious to the ordinary man.
  • Jargon (the language of a profession), is understood only by the members of the profession to which it is special, and sounds arcane to the others.
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