Wednesday, September 22, 1999
recondite adjective [REK-uhn-dahyt, ri-KON-dahyt] dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise.
Definitions for recondite
- 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.
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Citations for recondite
Particle and quantum physics receive their due, but the ideas associated with them are so mathematically recondite that any general discussion is somewhat beside the point.
"I may as well tell you that I can find nothing the matter with Mr. Merdle. He has the constitution of a rhinoceros, the digestion of an ostrich, and the concentration of an oyster … He may have some deep-seated recondite complaint. I can't say. I only say, that at present I have not found it out."
Origin of recondite
Recondite descends from the Latin verb recondere "to hide." It entered English in the mid-1600s.