Long Definition:

rec·on·dite [rekuh n-dahyt, ri-kon-dahyt] Pronunciation Key Show IPA Pronunciation


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.

[Origin: 1640–50; earlier recondit < L reconditus recondite, hidden (orig. ptp. of recondere to hide), equiv. to re- re- + cond(ere) to bring together (con- con- + -dere to put) + -itus -ite2 ]

rec·on·dite·ly, adverb
rec·on·dite·ness, noun

2. deep. 3. mysterious, occult, secret.
2. exoteric. 3. well-known.

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Short Definition: Hidden knowledge


My professor’s constant references to recondite sources made her extremely difficult to understand.
The yogi’s teachings illuminated some concepts that most would consider recondite.
GRE words are often recondite; most people have never heard, much less used, those words.


Wreck>cone>diet>hidden knowledge; On my way to school the other day I passed a big wreck. There were emergency vehicles everywhere, and they were using bright orange traffic cones to redirect traffic. I stole one of the cones, hid behind a tree, and began to eat the cone. It was part of my new traffic cone diet. I pulled the diet guide from my backpack, looked carefully around to make sure no one was watching, and began translating the secret runes in which it was written. The diet is hidden knowledge of the ancients, and I couldn’t let anyone discover it.



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