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Definitions for esoteric
ˌɛs əˈtɛr ɪkes·o·ter·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. esoteric(adj)

    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

    "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"


  1. esoteric(Adjective)

    Understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.

    The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I need a degree in engineering just to understand it!

  2. esoteric(Adjective)

    Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application.

  3. esoteric(Adjective)

    Confidential; private.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Esoteric(adj)

    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

  2. Origin: [Gr. 'eswteriko`s, fr. 'esw`teros inner, interior, comp. fr. 'e`sw in, within, fr. 'es, e'is, into, fr. 'en in. See In.]


  1. Esoteric

    Esoteric is a British funeral doom band from Birmingham founded in 1992.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Esoteric

    es-o-ter′ik, adj. inner: secret: mysterious: (phil.) taught to a select few—opp. to Exoteric.—adv. Esoter′ically.—ns. Esoter′icism, Esot′erism, the holding of esoteric opinions.—Esoteric Buddhism (see Theosophy). [Gr. esōterikosesōterō, inner, a comp. form from esō, within.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Esoteric

    a term used to denote teaching intended only for the initiated, and intelligible only to them.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of esoteric in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of esoteric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andy Ricker:

    My hope is that people will be more readily accepting of the things that are a little more esoteric.

  2. Dominic Simpson:

    There is a general lack of expertise and a track record, experience shows that when insurers start to invest in these more esoteric asset classes, they are not always going to invest in the most secure assets.

  3. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.

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