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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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  • Yet there is no need to apply any recondite or novel machinery.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • In the university that life is, she had acquired encyclopedias of recondite learning.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • In itself, it has no recondite meaning, it answers fully its own sweet purpose.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • If he had recondite and "artistic" feelings, he indulged them also without shame.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • And we have legends in recondite books of the manner of the King's death.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • recondite meanings of things are suggested to you, and words—what words they are!

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

  • It has been called "a recondite treatise on the subject of railway times."

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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