Word + Quiz: recondite

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Word + Quiz: recondite

: difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one possessing ordinary understanding or knowledge

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The word recondite has appeared in five articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 10 in the theater review “Marilyn Monroe Goes to War in ‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’” by Ben Brantley:

Marilyn Monroe is falling to pieces again. That most endlessly analyzed of Hollywood sex goddesses is now being subjected to an especially rigorous process of deconstruction — or is it evaporation? — at the Shed, the new, $475 million arts center of Hudson Yards, where Anne Carson’s Norma Jeane Baker of Troy opened on Tuesday night.

… The director is Katie Mitchell, the intensely cerebral theater and opera director. And its sole performers — and this, for the less recondite theatergoer, is the beauty part — are that fine stage and screen actor Ben Whishaw and the opera star Renée Fleming.

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