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 ”) ( esoteric originally referred to the secret teachings of Greek philosophers, versus public or exoteric ones).
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 need a degree in engineering just to understand it! Having to do with
concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
an esoteric purpose
an esoteric meeting
( understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle ) : arcane, recondite
( highly theoretical; not practical ) : cerebral
( confidential; private ) : secretive
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Understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.
esoterico (it) , m esoterica (it) , f esoterici (it) , m pl esoteriche (it) f pl Japanese:
( 秘儀の ), ひぎの, higi no ( 奥義の ) おうぎの, ōgi no Lithuanian:
ezoterinis m Macedonian:
езотеричен ( m ezotéričen), езотерична ( f ezotérična), езотерично ( n ezotérično), езотерични ( pl ezotérični) Norwegian:
esoterisk (no) Polish:
ezoteryczny (pl) , m tajemny m Portuguese:
esotérico (pt) Romanian:
ezoteric (ro) Russian:
эзотери́ческий ( (ru) ezoteríčeskij) Serbo-Croatian:
esotérico (es) m Swedish:
esoterisk (sv) Turkish:
ezoterik , (tr) içrek , (tr) bâtınî (tr) ( archaic )
having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical
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esoteric ( plural ) esoterics
doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy. One who believes, or is an
initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.