recondite
adjective Etymology: Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere to conceal, from re- + condere to store up, from com- + -dere to put — more at com-, do Date: 1649 1. hidden from sight ; concealed 2. difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend ; deep <
a recondite subject
>
3. of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure <
recondite fact about the origin of the holiday — Floyd Dell
>
reconditely adverbreconditeness noun

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  • Recondite — Rec on*dite (r[e^]k [o^]n*d[imac]t or r[ e]k[o^]n d[i^]t; 277), a. [L. reconditus, p. p. of recondere to put up again, to lay up, to conceal; pref. re re + condere to bring or lay together. See {Abscond}.] 1. Hidden from the mental or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recondite — recondite, abstruse, occult, esoteric can all mean being beyond the power of the average intelligence to grasp or understand. Recondite stresses difficulty resulting from the profundity of the subject matter or its remoteness from ordinary human… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recondite — I adjective abstract, abstruse, arcane, cabalistic, complex, complicated, concealed, convoluted, covert, crabbed, cryptic, cryptical, dark, deep, difficult, elusive, enigmatic, esoteric, exquisitus, hidden, impenetrable, imperspicuous, intricate …   Law dictionary

  • recondite — 1640s, removed or hidden from view, from L. reconditus, pp. of recondere store away, from re away, back (see RE (Cf. re )) + condere to store, hide, put together, from con together + dere to put, place, comb. form of dare …   Etymology dictionary

  • recondite — [adj] mysterious, obscure abstruse, academic, acroamatic, arcane, cabalistic, concealed, cryptic, dark, deep, difficult, esoteric, hard, heavy*, hermetic, hidden, involved, little known, mystic, mystical, occult, orphic, pedantic, profound,… …   New thesaurus

  • recondite — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a subject or knowledge) obscure. ORIGIN Latin reconditus hidden, put away …   English terms dictionary

  • recondite — [rek′ən dīt΄; ] occas. [ ri kän′dīt΄] adj. [L reconditus, pp. of recondere, to put back, hide < re , back + condere, to put together, store up, hide < con , together + dere < IE base * dhē , to put > DO1] 1. beyond the grasp of the… …   English World dictionary

  • recondite — reconditely, adv. reconditeness, n. /rek euhn duyt , ri kon duyt/, adj. 1. dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise. 2. beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles. 3.… …   Universalium

  • recondite — adjective /rəˈkɒndaɪt,ˈrɛkəndaɪt,rəˈkɑːndaɪt,ˈrɛkəndaɪt/ a) Hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse. What was the recondite cause of Ryulong being uncalled for? b) Dealing in things abstruse; profound; …   Wiktionary

  • recondite — [[t]rɪkɒ̱ndaɪt, re̱kən [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Recondite areas of knowledge or learning are difficult to understand, and not many people know about them. [FORMAL] Her poems are modishly experimental in style and recondite in subject matter.… …   English dictionary

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