Origin of recondite
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|Nathaniel Rich|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Classical allusions, poetical turns of phrase, antique diction, recondite words.
In some recondite way it seemed that would have been indecent, an exposure of my new treasure to the vulgar gaze.The Record of Nicholas Freydon|A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
They stared at him as though his words were words of recondite wisdom instead of the simple statement of a plain case.Love-at-Arms|Raphael Sabatini
He selected for distinction several other remarks which were not more exquisite in their form, or recondite in their substance.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)|Alexander Pope
He was afraid of missing some recondite principle in the overwhelming wealth of his material.End of the Tether|Joseph Conrad
There is nothing subtle or recondite about it; it has a beauty which explains itself.The Golf Courses of the British Isles|Bernard Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for recondite
Word Origin for recondite
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.