Definition of Arcanum

1. Noun. Information known only to a special group. "The secret of Cajun cooking"

Exact synonyms: Secret
Generic synonyms: Info, Information
Specialized synonyms: Esoterica, Cabala, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabbala, Kabbalah, Qabala, Qabalah, Countersign, Parole, Password, Watchword, Word



Definition of Arcanum

1. n. A secret; a mystery; -- generally used in the plural.

Definition of Arcanum

1. Noun. A mystery or deep secret. ¹

2. Noun. An elixir or secret remedy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Arcanum

1. a mystery [n -NA or -NUMS] - See also: mystery

Medical Definition of Arcanum

1. Origin: L, fr. Arcanus closed, secret, fr. Arca chest, box, fr. Arcere to inclose. See Ark. 1. A secret; a mystery; generally used in the plural. "Inquiries into the arcana of the Godhead." (Warburton) 2. A secret remedy; an elixir. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Arcanum

arcadelike
arcader
arcaders
arcades
arcadia
arcadians
arcadias
arcading
arcadings
arcana
arcane
arcanely
arcanist
arcanists
arcanite
arcanum (current term)
arcanums
arcate
arcature
arcatures
arccos
arccosecant
arccosecants
arccoses
arccosh
arccosine
arccosines
arccotangent
arccoth
arcdegree

Literary usage of Arcanum

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1. The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus by Paracelsus (1894)
"All philosophers have hidden this arcanum as a most excellent mystery. This tingeing spirit, separated from the other two as above, you must join to the ..."

2. The Lancet (1842)
"... is professionally interested in the nature and treatment of consumption. discoveries ; and that it admite of DO alkahest, no nostrum, no grand arcanum. ..."

3. History of Kent County, Michigan: Together with Sketches of Its Cities by Chas. C. Chapman & Co, Michael A. Leeson, Edith Lamsen (1881)
"ROYAL arcanum. Bryant Council, No. 182, was organized Oct. 18, 1878, by DG Regent, RA McCarty, with 17 members. The officers elected were : Regent, ..."

4. The True Intellectual System of the Universe: Wherein All the Reason and by Ralph Cudworth, Johann Lorenz Mosheim (1845)
"... where being to represent the atheistic hypothesis of the system of the universe, he discovereth their grand arcanum, and that, which they accounted, ..."

5. The Life of Edward Lord Herbert of Cherbury by Edward Herbert Herbert of Cherbury (1792)
"being a greater arcanum Imperil for governing the World than all the Arts invented by ... arcanum ..."

6. History of Colorado by Wilbur Fiske Stone (1918)
"The parents are members of the First Christian church and Mr. Ford belongs to the Royal arcanum and to the Junior Order of American Mechanics. ..."

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