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recondite

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adjective re·con·dite \ˈre-kən-ˌdīt, ri-ˈkän-\

Simple Definition of recondite

  • : not understood or known by many people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of recondite

  1. 1 :  hidden from sight :  concealed

  2. 2 :  difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend :  deep <a recondite subject>

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure <recondite fact about the origin of the holiday — Floyd Dell>

reconditely

adverb

reconditeness

noun

Examples of recondite in a sentence

  1. <geochemistry is a recondite subject>



Did You Know?

While recondite may be used to describe something difficult to understand, there is nothing recondite about the word's history. It dates to the early 1600s, when it was coined from the synonymous Latin word reconditus. Recondite is one of those underused but useful words that's always a boon to one's vocabulary, but take off the re- and you get something very obscure: condite is an obsolete verb meaning both "to pickle or preserve" and "to embalm." If we add the prefix in- to condite we get incondite, which means "badly put together," as in "incondite prose." All three words have Latin condere at their root; that verb is translated variously as "to put or bring together," "to put up, store," and "to conceal."

Origin and Etymology of recondite

Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere to conceal, from re- + condere to store up, from com- + -dere to put — more at com-, do


First Known Use: 1649



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