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recondite

[ rek-uhn-dahyt, ri-kon-dahyt ]
/ ˈrɛk ənˌdaɪt, rɪˈkɒn daɪt /
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adjective

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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Origin of recondite

1640–50; earlier recondit<Latin reconditus recondite, hidden (originally past participle of recondere to hide), equivalent to re-re- + cond(ere) to bring together (con-con- + -dere to put) + -itus-ite2

OTHER WORDS FROM recondite

rec·on·dite·ly, adverbrec·on·dite·ness, nounun·rec·on·dite, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recondite

recondite
/ (rɪˈkɒndaɪt, ˈrɛkənˌdaɪt) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of recondite

reconditely, adverbreconditeness, noun

Word Origin for recondite

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