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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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Word: Definition

1. Recondite: Abstruse

2. Abstruse: Enigmatic

3. Enigmatic: Cabalistic

4. Cabalistic: Arcane

5. Arcane: Esoteric

6. Esoteric: Hermetic

7. Hermetic: Recondite

(This all started when I saw the definition of recondite including the word "abstruse")

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi Ricky;

recondite: abstruse

abstruse : arcane

arcane : esoteric

esoteric: recondite

Found this going back and forth in 4 different online dictionaries.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I think they are quietly demonstrating the abstruseness.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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