mysterious and not easily analyzed or understood. Inscrutable is often used to describe a person or a person’s facial expressions. To remember the word, think of the related verb scrutinize, which means “to examine something in order to gain information.” Inscrutable people cannot easily be scrutinized because they are mysterious and hard to analyze.
– Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek exclaimed: ”How inscrutable and incomprehensible are the hidden works of Nature!”
– When playing poker, it is advantageous to have slick, inscrutable expressions that won’t give away your hand.
– Martin’s inscrutable behavior left everyone guessing if there was something wrong with him.
mysterious, hidden, ambiguous, obscure,
evident, plain, understandable
1. easy to understand or recognize; 2. able to be seen through with clarity; 3. fine or thin enough to transmit light; 4. completely open and without deceit. Something transparent is see-through, open, not hidden, obvious. The related noun transparency refers to the quality of being see-through, obvious, or open.
-Lindsay’s dress looked opaque, but much to her dismay, her dress became transparent in the bright lights of the red carpet.
-I’m much more confident with crypto than with banks or fiat currency because I can actually control it, and the money supply is transparent, stated up front.
-The greater the power, the more need there is for transparency, because if the power is abused, the result can be so enormous.
clear, apparent, obvious, lucid
opaque, hazy, unclear