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Wednesday, September 22, 1999

Definitions for recondite

  1. Difficult to understand; abstruse.
  2. Concerned with obscure subject matter.

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Citations for recondite
And his fondness for stopping his readers short in their tracks with evidence of his recondite vocabulary is wonderfully irritating. , New York Times
Among his playmates he counts the Italian novelist and semiotics professor Umberto Eco, whom he befriended 15 years ago when they engaged in a fierce ottava rima competition that lasted for weeks. They still trade complicated riddles and recondite guessing games by mail. , New York Times
Origin of recondite
Recondite is from Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere, "to store back," i.e., "out of the way," hence "to hide"; itself from re-, "back, again" + condere, "to put away, to store." Thus, recondite knowledge is "hidden" (because of obscurity or difficulty) from the understanding of the average person.
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