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[rek-uh n-dahyt, ri-kon-dahyt] /ˈrɛk ənˌdaɪt, rɪˈkɒn daɪt/
dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter:
a recondite treatise.
beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric:
recondite principles.
little known; obscure:
a recondite fact.
Origin of recondite
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
2. deep. 3. mysterious, occult, secret.
2. exoteric. 3. well-known. Unabridged
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  • 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


/rɪˈkɒndaɪt; ˈrɛkənˌdaɪt/
requiring special knowledge to be understood; abstruse
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

1640s, "removed or hidden from view," from Old French recondit, from Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere "store away, hide, conceal, put back again, put up again, lay up," from re- "away, back" (see re-) + condere "to store, hide, put together," from con- "together" (see con-) + -dere "to put, place," comb. form of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). Meaning "removed from ordinary understanding, profound" is from 1650s; of writers or sources, "obscure," it is recorded from 1817.

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