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arcane

adjective 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 closely involved in the world of finance.
Translations of “arcane”
in Chinese (Traditional) 神秘的, 秘密的, 晦澀難懂的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 神秘的, 秘密的, 晦涩难解的…
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