- The definition of recondite is something that is difficult or impossible for most to understand, or that most people don't know about.
Difficult and complex mathematical subjects are anexample of something that would be described as recondite.
- beyond the grasp of the ordinary mind or understanding; profound; abstruse
- dealing with abstruse or difficult subjects
- obscure or concealed
Origin of reconditeClassical Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere, to put back, hide ; from re-, back + condere, to put together, store up, hide ; from con-, together + -dere ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhē-, to put from source do
- 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).
- Concealed; hidden.
Origin of reconditeLatin reconditus, past participle of recondere, to put away : re-, re- + condere, to put together, preserve; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more recondite, superlative most recondite)
- Hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse.
- What was the recondite cause of Ryulong being uncalled for?
- Dealing in things abstruse; profound; searching.
- My philosophy professor believes she is in the field of recondite studies.
- Difficult to understand; known only by experts.
- Coster-Mullen spent the next ten years of his life mastering a body of recondite technical data. — Atomic John: A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs, David Samuels December, The New Yorker, 15, 2008 
- Of a person: highly talented, a master of a field.
- Our musician [J.S. Bach] rapidly became known far and wide throughout the musical centres of Germany as a learned and recondite composer… – The Great German Composers, George T. Ferris, 1891
From Latin reconditus (“hidden, concealed”), past participle adjective of recondo (“to put back, re-establish; to hide away”).