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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 of recondite
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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  • This is, indeed, one of the most recondite mysteries of human nature.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • Yet there is no need to apply any recondite or novel machinery.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • And we have legends in recondite books of the manner of the King's death.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • If he had recondite and "artistic" feelings, he indulged them also without shame.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • It was as if he was divining in them for the first time a recondite charm.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • recondite meanings of things are suggested to you, and words—what words they are!

  • Nothing in the table d'hôte meal satisfied him; the place had to be ransacked for recondite dainties.

  • It is, if properly considered, as recondite a science as mathematics.

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
adj.

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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