August 30th, 2009

August 30th- Recondite

recondite

\REK-uhn-dyt\ , adjective:
1.Difficult to understand; abstruse.
2.Concerned with obscure subject matter.
 
Example:
He is a poet's poet, sometimes recondite and always deeply aware of the formal tradition of poetry.
 
Origin:
Recondite is from Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere, "to store back," i.e., "out of the way," hence "to hide"; itself from re-, "back, again" + condere, "to put away, to store." Thus, recondite knowledge is "hidden" (because of obscurity or difficulty) from the understanding of the average person.