Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Definitions for recondite
- Difficult to understand; abstruse.
- 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.
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.
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.