Definition of recondite in English:



  • (of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse.

    ‘the book is full of recondite information’
    • ‘They must have found their teacher too sophisticated, too full of recondite allusions for them to follow.’
    • ‘Let's show the world that we can be lucid and enthusiastic explainers of recondite ideas, not merely the flamboyant show-offs that unfair stereotypes so often paint us to be.’
    • ‘Feeling uncertain of his understanding of the mathematical concepts, he asked senior mathematicians to test his grasp of the more recondite concepts.’
    • ‘Hansen uses short sentences and has a knack for clarifying opaque and recondite ideas.’
    • ‘But if you dress up the idea in a forbidding vocabulary, full of neologisms and recondite references to philosophy, then you may have a prescription for academic stardom.’
    • ‘She metamorphosed into a highly intelligent woman who engaged the General on recondite matters of French history and culture.’
    • ‘Hellenistic literature displayed (sometimes in one and the same work) a mandarin artificiality full of recondite, learned allusions and a lively, realistic interest in everyday life.’
    • ‘Bruce was a lively and fascinating speaker, with a huge fund of anecdotes and recondite facts.’
    • ‘And if the model of critical practice sounds urbane, recondite and not a little esoteric, it need not be dull.’
    • ‘It is a mine of interesting and recondite information, written by the leading authorities in their fields.’
    • ‘Such recondite periphrasis brought its own reward.’
    • ‘Derrida burst on to the world stage in the 1960s with his recondite theory known as deconstruction.’
    • ‘Imagery is of central importance to all three poets, and their use of images is daring, varied, and frequently recondite.’
    • ‘The biographer's contextualising presence allows us to catch even the most recondite allusion.’
    • ‘The recondite topic of usury allowed Noonan to consider the problem of doctrinal development at greater length.’
    • ‘He took his stories from writers more recondite than Ovid and Livy, the sources for the painters of the Bourbon monarchy and the Napoleonic empire.’
    • ‘His accompanying text may not answer every question on this recondite subject.’
    • ‘Whether in science, philosophy, or religion, the use of recondite terminology has a tendency to impede the dissemination of useful concepts and theories.’
    • ‘The Buddha's monks were not to speculate about the future or the past, or about such recondite questions as the beginning or end of the world.’
    • ‘I have known non-intellectual teachers and writers with a marvelous capacity for getting recondite points across to the most obtuse student or reader.’
    obscure, abstruse, arcane, esoteric, little known, recherché, abstract, deep, profound, cryptic, difficult, complex, complicated, involved
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Mid 17th century: from Latin reconditus ‘hidden, put away’, past participle of recondere, from re- ‘back’ + condere ‘put together, secrete’.