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recondite

[rek-uh n-dahyt, ri-kon-dahyt] /ˈrɛk ənˌdaɪt, rɪˈkɒn daɪt/
adjective
1.
dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter:
a recondite treatise.
2.
beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric:
recondite principles.
3.
little known; obscure:
a recondite fact.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; earlier recondit < Latin reconditus recondite, hidden (orig. past participle of recondere to hide), equivalent to re- re- + cond(ere) to bring together (con- con- + -dere to put) + -itus -ite2
Related forms
reconditely, adverb
reconditeness, noun
unrecondite, adjective
Synonyms
2. deep. 3. mysterious, occult, secret.
Antonyms
2. exoteric. 3. well-known.
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Examples for recondite
  • There seems to be no recondite meaning in the piece.
  • Well, anyone who has ever pored over a scientific research paper will recall its recondite jargon.
  • But these are never presented in order to dazzle us with recondite knowledge alone.
  • It sometimes seems that there is no talent so recondite that you cannot make a living out of it.
  • It may seem a recondite subject, but the stakes couldn't be higher.
  • But until a couple of years ago, this seemed a recondite field of research with few obvious practical applications.
  • Coster-Mullen spent the next ten years of his life mastering a body of recondite technical data.
  • The interpretation of dreams was a recondite specialty, about as influential as urology journals today.
  • But the book's real flaw is not its loving inflation of somewhat recondite events but its propelling argument.
  • The conversation becomes more recondite when our clients turn their attention to implicit transaction costs.
British Dictionary definitions for recondite

recondite

/rɪˈkɒndaɪt; ˈrɛkənˌdaɪt/
adjective
1.
requiring special knowledge to be understood; abstruse
2.
dealing with abstruse or profound subjects
Derived Forms
reconditely, adverb
reconditeness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin reconditus hidden away, from re- + condere to conceal
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Word Origin and History for recondite
recondite
1649, "removed or hidden from view," from L. reconditus, pp. of recondere "store away," from re- "away, back" + condere "to store, hide, put together," from con- "together" + -dere "to put, place." Meaning "removed from ordinary understanding, profound" is from 1652; of writers or sources, "obscure," it is recorded from 1817.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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