Adjective "recondite" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse.
  1. 'Hansen uses short sentences and has a knack for clarifying opaque and recondite ideas.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Feeling uncertain of his understanding of the mathematical concepts, he asked senior mathematicians to test his grasp of the more recondite concepts.'
  4. 'It is a mine of interesting and recondite information, written by the leading authorities in their fields.'
  5. 'Imagery is of central importance to all three poets, and their use of images is daring, varied, and frequently recondite.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'His accompanying text may not answer every question on this recondite subject.'
  9. 'Derrida burst on to the world stage in the 1960s with his recondite theory known as deconstruction.'
  10. '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.'


1. dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise.

2. beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles.

3. little known; obscure: a recondite fact.

More examples(as adjective)

"topics can be recondite."

"subjects can be recondite."

"sources can be recondite."

"recesses can be recondite."

"reasons can be recondite."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin reconditus ‘hidden, put away’, past participle of recondere, from re- ‘back’ + condere ‘put together, secrete’.