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1. Not easily understood; abstruse or obscure: "To gain a reputation for wisdom a man must seem to have a store of recondite knowledge" (Bertrand Russell).
2. Concealed; hidden.
[Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere, to put away : re-, re- + condere, to put together, preserve; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
1. requiring special knowledge to be understood; abstruse
2. dealing with abstruse or profound subjects
[C17: from Latin reconditus hidden away, from re- + condere to conceal]
rec•on•dite(ˈrɛk ənˌdaɪt, rɪˈkɒn daɪt)
1. pertaining to or dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise.
2. known or understood by relatively few; esoteric; arcane.
[1640–50; < Latin reconditus recondite, hidden, orig. past participle of recondere to hide =re- re- + condere to bring together (con- con- + -dere to put)]
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|Adj.||1.||recondite - difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"|
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"