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recondite reconditeness
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  • some recondite problem in theoretical mathematics
  • The group is said to have influence on the recondite process by which ideas become legislation.
  • Her vagaries soon ceased to puzzle me: the psychology of Jane Braithwaite was not recondite.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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  • ...where he had spent his brightest years in recondite pursuits,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • MARTHA: ABSTRUSE! In the sense of recondite.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • But to learn all about these recondite matters, your best way is at once to descend into the blubber-room, and have a long talk with its inmates.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In midwinter a field biologist discovered all his belongings, two rifles, camping gear, a diary filled with incoherent ranting about truth and beauty and recondite ecological theory, in an empty cabin near Tofty, its interior filled with drifted snow.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Now my original business—that of a conveyancer and title hunter, and drawer-up of recondite documents of all sorts—was considerably increased by receiving the master’s office.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • There were either no villages, or the people were hostile, or the director, who like the rest of us fed out of tins, with an occasional old he-goat thrown in, didn’t want to stop the steamer for some more or less recondite reason.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness

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  • The savor was slender, elusive, and recondite, a ghostly bouquet that haunted rather than lived on the tongue.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • There was a vein of dry humor, or what not, in the mast-man; and, whether in freak of patriarchal irony touching Billy’s youth and athletic frame, or for some other and more recondite reason, from the first in addressing him he always substituted Baby for Billy.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • With her near-sightedness, and those tremulous fingers of hers, at once inflexible and delicate, she could not be a seamstress; although her sampler, of fifty years gone by, exhibited some of the most recondite specimens of ornamental needlework.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The Garden of Forking Paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose theme is time; this recondite cause prohibits its mention.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • A pair of actors trapped in a recondite play with no hint of plot or narrative.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …power of his mortal enemy Arcalaus the magician, who, it is positively asserted, holding him captive, gave him more than two hundred lashes with the reins of his horse while tied to one of the pillars of a court; and moreover there is a certain recondite author of no small authority who says that the Knight of Phoebus, being caught in a certain pitfall, which opened under his feet in a certain castle, on falling found himself bound hand and foot in a deep pit underground, where they…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He may have some deep-seated recondite complaint.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • They have a feeling that it is, in some recondite sense, superior to the common speech of their kind.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Newman had once spent a morning, in the course of business, at Mr. Babcock’s birthplace, and, for reasons too recondite to unfold, his visit there always assumed in his mind a jocular cast.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The Directorship devoured enough time and peace to prevent Gottlieb from going on with the ever more recondite problems of his inquiry into the nature of specificity, and his inquiry prevented him from giving enough attention to the Institute to keep it from falling to pieces.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • (Long afterward, writing of this time in his boyhood, John Quincy Adams would recall secreting himself in a closet to smoke tobacco and read Milton’s Paradise Lost, trying without success to determine what "recondite charm" in them gave his father so much pleasure.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • We preferred to probe the recondite "serious issues.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Had he that deep-seated recondite complaint, and did any doctor find it out?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • But still another inquiry remains; one often agitated by the more recondite Nantucketers.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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