- esoterick (obsolete)
From Ancient Greek ἐσωτερικός (esōterikós, “belonging to an inner circle”), from ἐσωτέρω (esōtérō, “further inside”), comparative of ἔσω (ésō, “within”), from ἐς (es), εἰς (eis, “into”) (the term esoteric referred originally to the secret teachings of Greek philosophers, versus public or exoteric ones).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌiː.səˈtɛɹ.ɪk/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌɛs.əˈtɛɹ.ɪk/, /ˌɛs.oʊˈtɛɹ.ɪk/, enPR: ěsətěr'ĭk, ěsōtěr'ĭk
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˌiː.səˈtɛɹ.ɪk/, /ˌɛs.əˈtɛɹ.ɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ɛɹɪk
esoteric (comparative more esoteric, superlative most esoteric)
- Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest, or an enlightened inner circle.
- The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I’d need a degree in engineering just to understand it!
- Synonyms: arcane, recondite, acroamatic
- Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
- 1976, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift, New York: Avon, →ISBN, page 278:
- When he spoke to me of esoteric mysteries I wanted to say to him,"Don't give me that spiritual hokum, friend!"
- Synonym: cerebral
- Confidential; private.
- an esoteric purpose
- an esoteric meeting
- Synonym: secretive
understood only by a chosen few
having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical
esoteric (plural esoterics)
- An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.
- One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.