- 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
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Examples from the Web for recondite
How else to explain the popularity of a novel so free of plot, so obsessed with existential rumination and recondite philosophy?American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation
July 27, 2014
Classical allusions, poetical turns of phrase, antique diction, recondite words.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
Yet there is no need to apply any recondite or novel machinery.The Memorabilia
In the university that life is, she had acquired encyclopedias of recondite learning.The Paliser case
In itself, it has no recondite meaning, it answers fully its own sweet purpose.Spare Hours
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
- requiring special knowledge to be understood; abstruse
- dealing with abstruse or profound subjects
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.