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Definition incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
  • some recondite problem in theoretical mathematics
recondite = incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
  • 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
  • ...where he had spent his brightest years in recondite pursuits,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • recondite = incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
  • MARTHA: ABSTRUSE! In the sense of recondite.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • recondite = incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
  • 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
  • recondite = incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
  • 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
  • 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
  • The savor was slender, elusive, and recondite, a ghostly bouquet that haunted rather than lived on the tongue.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • A pair of actors trapped in a recondite play with no hint of plot or narrative.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He may have some deep-seated recondite complaint.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • We preferred to probe the recondite "serious issues.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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