recondite (adj.)

1640s, "removed or hidden from view," perhaps via obsolete French recondit, from Latin reconditus, past participle of recondere "store away, hide, conceal, put back again, put up again, lay up," from assimilated form of com- "together" (see com-) + -dere "put" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put, place").

The meaning "hidden from mental view, removed from ordinary understanding, profound" is from 1650s; of writers or writings, "little-known, obscure," from 1788. Related: Reconditeness.

updated on May 21, 2021