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Meaning of ESOTERIC

Pronunciation:  `esu'terik

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"
 

ESOTERIC is a 8 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: abstruse, arcane, cabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, deep, mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, orphic, recondite, secret, sibylline
 
 Antonyms: exoteric
 
 See Also: fathomless, private, unfathomable

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Es`o*ter"ic\ ([e^]s`[-o]*t[e^]"[i^]k), a. [Gr.
    'eswteriko`s, fr. 'esw`teros inner, interior, comp. fr. 'e`sw
    in, within, fr. 'es, e'is, into, fr. 'en in. See {In}.]
    Designed for, and understood by, the specially initiated
    alone; not communicated, or not intelligible, to the general
    body of followers; private; interior; acroamatic; -- said of
    the private and more recondite instructions and doctrines of
    philosophers. Opposed to exoteric.
    
          Enough if every age produce two or three critics of
          this esoteric class, with here and there a reader to
          understand them.                         --De Quincey.
    
    
  2. \Es`o*ter"ic\, a.
    Marked by secrecy or privacy; private; select; confidential;
    as, an esoteric purpose; an esoteric meeting.
    
    
  3. \Es`o*ter"ic\, n. (Philos.)
    (a) An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy;
        esoterics.
    (b) One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric
        doctrines or rites.
    
    
 
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