[ rek-uhn-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

rec·on·dite·ly, adverbrec·on·dite·ness, nounun·rec·on·dite, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recondite


/ (rɪˈkɒndaɪt, ˈrɛkənˌdaɪt) /


requiring special knowledge to be understood; abstruse
dealing with abstruse or profound subjects

Derived Forms

reconditely, adverbreconditeness, noun

Word Origin for recondite

C17: from Latin reconditus hidden away, from re- + condere to conceal
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