arcanum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n arcanum information known only to a special group "the secret of Cajun cooking"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Arcanum (Med) A secret remedy; an elixir.
    • Arcanum A secret; a mystery; -- generally used in the plural. "Inquiries into the arcana of the Godhead."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arcanum A secret; a mystery: generally used in the plural: as, the arcana of nature.
    • n arcanum In alchemy, a supposed great secret of nature, which was to be discovered by alchemical means; the secret virtue of anything.
    • n arcanum A secret remedy reputed to be very efficacious; a marvelous elixir.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arcanum ärk-ān′um a secret: a mystery: a secret remedy or elixir
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. arcanus, closed, secret, fr. arca, chest, box, fr. arcere, to inclose. See Ark
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—arcanusarca, a chest.

Usage

In literature:

An arcanum which no profane eye must penetrate.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
There was the arcanum; each yellow grain conduced to my exaltation, and the sum of these grains was the sum of my mightiness.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
But they too were to be cured, people need only buy his arcanum.
"The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Medicines did not avail, and I had not yet found the arcanum which afterwards so greatly benefitted my suffering soul.
"The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood The Autobiography Of Georg Ebers, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Arcanum neque inscrutaberis ullius unquam, commissumque teges, Hor.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
My connection with the Johnston family has thrown open to me the whole arcanum of the Indian's thoughts.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
A perusal of these RELATIONS will unfold this arcanum.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
For instance, the Royal Arcanum met to discuss what could be done about the increased rates.
"The Library and Society" by Various
His look suggested one who has been drilled in dreadful arcanums of pain, unapproached by ordinary men.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
Know then, my son; and go not about to divulge this great Arcanum to any unworthy ignorant.
"Mysteries of the Rosie Cross" by Anonymous
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In news:

Thank you to the members of the Arcanum Garden Club for all your hard work in beautifying the streets of Arcanum this year.
Bradford's James Canan breaks a tackle for and runs for one of his five touchdowns in the first half against Arcanum Oct 5.
7), a member of the varsity Tri-Village youth football team, catches the ball and runs for a 25-yard gain before taken down by an Arcanum player.
The account of Europe's reinvention of porcelain in Roald Hoffmann's "Meissen Chemistry" (July-August) reflects the confusion in Janet Gleeson's The Arcanum.
EF-3 tornado hit Arcanum in 1992.
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