Private vs Recondite - What's the difference?

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Private is a related term of recondite.

As adjectives the difference between private and recondite

is that private is belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group while recondite is (of areas of study and literature) difficult, obscure; particularly:.

As a noun private

is the lowest rank of the army.

As a verb recondite is

to hide, cover up, conceal.




(en adjective)
  • Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}
  • Not in governmental office or employment.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Peter Wilby)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Finland spreads word on schools , passage=Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16.
  • Not publicly known; not open; secret.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=20 citation , passage=The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen.
  • Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.
  • Intended only for the use of an individual, group, or organization.
  • Not accessible by the public.
  • Not traded by the public.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Engineers of a different kind , passage=Private -equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. Piling debt onto companies’ balance-sheets is only a small part of what leveraged buy-outs are about, they insist. Improving the workings of the businesses they take over is just as core to their calling, if not more so. Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster.}}
  • Secretive; reserved.
  • (US, of a room in a medical facility) Not shared with another patient.
  • Synonyms

    * (done in the view of others ): secluded * (intended only for one's own use ): personal * (not accessible by the public ):


    * public


    (en noun)
  • The lowest rank of the army.
  • A soldier of the rank of private.
  • (in plural privates) A euphemistic term for the genitals.
  • (obsolete) A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) Personal interest; particular business.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • Nor must I be unmindful of my private .
  • (obsolete) Privacy; retirement.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Go off; I discard you; let me enjoy my private .
  • (obsolete) One not invested with a public office.
  • * Shakespeare
  • What have kings, that privates have not too?
  • A private lesson.
  • If you want to learn ballet, consider taking privates .


    * (genitals) bits, private parts

    Derived terms

    * in private * privacy * private language * private parts * private property * private stock * public-private partnership


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    (en adjective)
  • (of areas of study and literature) Difficult, obscure; particularly:
  • # Abstruse, profound, difficult to grasp
  • #* 1619 , John Bainbridge, Astronomicall description of the late comet , 42
  • I hope this new Messenger from Heauen]] doth bring happie tidings of some munificent and liberall Patron... by whose gracious bountie the most recondite mysteries of this abstruse and [[divine, diuine science shall at length be manifested.
  • #* ante'' 1894 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), ''Amateur Emigrant (1895), 40
  • Humanly speaking, it is a more important matter to play the fiddle, even badly, than to write huge works upon recondite subjects.
  • # Esoteric, little known; secret
  • #* 1644 , John Bulwer, Chirologia: or The naturall language of the hand. Whereunto is added Chironomic or the Art of manuall rhetoricke , 137
  • There was in the man much learning, and that of the more inward & recondit , a great Antiquary, and one that had a certain large possession of Divine and Humane]] [[laws, Lawes.
  • #* 1722 , F. Lee, Epistolary Discourses , 41
  • The Apostle Paul had taken up many things out of these Recondite and Apocryphal Writings.
  • #* 1817 , (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), Biographia Literaria , I. iii. 65
  • [Of Southey:] I look in vain for any writer who has conveyed so much information, from so many and such recondite sources.
  • #* 1849 , (Herman Melville), Mardi: and A Voyage Thither , II. §67
  • But I beseech thee, wise Doxodox! instruct me in thy dialectics, that I may embrace thy more recondite lore.
  • #* 1921 , (Joseph Conrad), Secret Agent'', Preface in ''Works , VIII. page xvii
  • Suggestions for certain personages... came from various sources which... some reader may have recognized. They are not very recondite .
  • #* 1948 , (William Somerset Maugham), Catalina , xv. 83
  • He was never at a loss for a recondite allusion.
  • #* 1992 Autumn, American Scholar , 576/1
  • It was hardly foreordained that a poor orphan from darkest Brittany... working in the recondite realms of Semitic philology, should play such a role in his time.
  • #* 2004 , Alexander McCall Smith, Sunday Philosophy Club , xxi. 224
  • While oenophiles resorted to recondite adjectives, whisky [sic] nosers spoke the language of everyday life.
  • # (of writers) Deliberately obscure; employing abstruse or esoteric allusions or references
  • #* 1788 , Vicesimus Knox, Winter Evenings , II. v. i. 109
  • They afford a lesson to the modern metaphysical and recondite writers not to overvalue their works.
  • #* 1817 , (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), Biographia literaria; or, Biographical sketches of my literary life and opinions , II. xxii. 172
  • In the play of fancy, , to my feelings, is not always graceful and sometimes recondite .
  • #* 2004 Autumn, American Scholar , 129
  • The voices of recondite writers quoted at length, forgotten storytellers weaving narratives, obscure scholars savaging one another.
  • # (of scholars) Learnèd]], having mastery over one's field, including its esoteric [[minutiæ
  • #* 1836 , (Edward Bulwer-Lytton), "Sir Thomas Browne" in The Critical and Miscellaneous Writings of Sir Edward Lytton (1841), II, 41
  • It is delightful to see this recondite scholar — this contemplative and refining dreamer — in the centre of his happy nor unworthy household.
  • #* 1891 , George T. Ferris, The Great German Composers
  • [Of ]: Our musician rapidly became known far and wide throughout the musical centres of Germany as a learned and recondite composer.
  • #* 1998 , , Art for Art's Sake & Literary Life , 1
  • Cousin's lectures take their initial cue from the weighty treatises of a remote, recondite thinker named (Immanuel Kant).
  • Hidden or removed from view
  • * 1649 , John Bulwer, Pathomyotomia , ii. ii. 108
  • The Eye is somewhat recondit betweene its Orbite.
  • * 1796 , (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), Letters , I. 209
  • My recondite eye sits distent quaintly behind the flesh-hill, and looks as little as a tomtit's.
  • * 1823 , (Charles Lamb), Old Benchers in Elia , 190
  • The young urchins,... not being able to guess at its recondite machinery, were almost tempted to hail the wondrous work as magic.
  • * 1825 , Thomas Say, Say's Entomol. , Glossary, 28
  • Recondite , (aculeus) concealed within the abdomen, seldom exposed to view.
  • * 1857 , (Charles Dickens), Little Dorrit , §21
  • How such a man should suppose himself unwell without reason, you may think strange. But I have found nothing the matter with him. He may have some deep-seated recondite complaint. I can't say. I only say, that at present I have not found it out.
  • * 1887 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), "The Canoe Speaks" in Underwoods
  • ...following the recondite brook,
    Sudden upon this scene I look,
    And light with unfamiliar face
    On chaste Diana's bathing-place
  • * 2002 , Nick Tosches, In the Hand of Dante , 253
  • Silent calligraphy sounds that were like those of the sweet fluent water of a recondite stream.
  • Shy, avoiding notice (particularly human notice)
  • * 1835 , Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society , 125, 361
  • Animals of this class are so recondite in their habits... so little known to naturalists beyond the more common species.


  • to hide, cover up, conceal
  • * 1578 , John Banister, The History of Man , i. f. 32
  • Tendons: recondited , and hidde in their Muscle, as if they were in a purse imposed.


    * Oxford English Dictionary , 3rd ed. "recondite, adj." and "v." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2009. *


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