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esoterism (countable and uncountable, plural esoterisms)

  1. The inward forms of faith and religion; transcendence, mystic experience, and internal realizations of the Divine.
  2. Being esoteric.


  • 1937. Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman, Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, page 622,
    In the case of modern fraternal societies, with their trappings of esoterism, the ceremonial becomes the chief function of the organization...
  • 1958. Sidney David Braun, Dictionary of French Literature, Philosophical Library, page 331,
    By 1896 Symbolism had dissolved into a multitude of little chapels calling themselves Paroxysm, Esoterism, Naturism...
  • 2005. Guenon, Rene Guenon, Henry D. Fohr, Cecil Bethell, Michael Allen, Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage, page 37
    It should not be forgotten that just as there is an Islamic esoterism, so also at the time was there a Catholic esoterism also, by which we mean an esoterism taking as its basis and support the symbols and rites of the Catholic religion.


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Dictionary of Mysticism, by Frank Gaynor, 1973, page 58.