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Related to esoteric: Esoteric knowledge
a. Intended for or understood by only a small group, especially one with specialized knowledge or interests: an esoteric philosophical doctrine. See Synonyms at mysterious.
b. Relating to or being a small group with specialized knowledge or interests: an esoteric circle.
2. Not known by or suitable for the public; private: Few understood the celebrity's esoteric side.
1. One that is esoteric.
2. esoterics Esoteric matters; esoterica: "The course ... is anything but an exercise in ivory tower esoterics" (Sharon Waxman).
1. restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority, esp because of abstruseness or obscurity: an esoteric cult. Compare exoteric
2. difficult to understand; abstruse: an esoteric statement.
3. not openly admitted; private: esoteric aims.
[C17: from Greek esōterikos, from esōterō inner]
ˌesoˈteriˌcism, ˌeˈsoteˌrism n
es•o•ter•ic(ˌɛs əˈtɛr ɪk)
1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest or for the initiates of a group; recondite.
2. belonging to the select few.
3. private; secret.
[1645–55; < Greek esōterikós]
es`o•ter′i•cism (-ˌsɪz əm) n.
esoteric- Its root sense is "for the initiates of a religious mystery," and it means "confined to or understood by just a few people."
See also related terms for understood.
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|Adj.||1.||esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"|
private - confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"
exoteric - suitable for the general public; "writings of an exoteric nature"
esoteric[ˌesəʊˈterɪk] ADJ → esotérico
esoteric[ˌiːsəʊˈtɛrɪk] adj → ésotérique
adj → esoterisch