arcane Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"arcane" in British English

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arcaneadjective

uk   /ɑːˈkeɪn/  us   /ɑːr-/ formal
mysterious and ​known only by a few ​people: He was the only ​person who ​understood all the arcane ​details of the ​agreement. This ​argument may ​seem arcane to those not ​closelyinvolved in the ​world of ​finance.
(Definition of arcane from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"arcane" in American English

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arcaneadjective

 us   /ɑrˈkeɪn/
complicated and ​thereforeunderstood or ​known by only a few ​people: They ​worked hard to ​negotiate New York's arcane ​rules for getting on ​presidentialballots.
(Definition of arcane from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “arcane”
in Chinese (Simplified) 神秘的, 秘密的, 晦涩难解的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 神秘的, 秘密的, 晦澀難懂的…
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