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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).

[Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of esō, within; see en in Indo-European roots.]

es′o·ter′i·cal·ly adv.
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Hence there is no need to read esoterically al-Farabi's repeated affirmations in Attainment of Happiness of a political entity beyond the nation, for this universal regime would still be quite imperfect and non-utopian.
I admit that Leibniz treated the doctrine of eternal damnation very exoterically, and that esoterically he would have expressed himself altogether differently on the subject.
9) Both, moreover, coincide in certain texts, especially where the author has reason to write esoterically.
What the prophets and englightened saw is the natural evolution of the Human electrochemical process and our interaction with the Infinite," Mark esoterically relays the cryptic meanings of his discovery.
The volume, which esoterically ranges across a broad range of topics, played a role in introducing the thought of the once less prominent Lacan to Anglophonic audiences.
As Mustafa al Sadiqalrafei points out this note in his book: "praise is something esoterically and it exists in the human mind and it interpreted a great feel, and is hidden inside the human and the human counts and depends to it.
8, which was once among his most sought-after works: evidently no other conductor interpreted the recitative introduction to the first movement as esoterically and sensitively as Suitner did.
Walsh's whole edifice is built upon his ascription to Strauss of the following claim in particular: "No philosopher needs to write esoterically until presented with the problem of a hostile society or regime.
I felt similar yearnings for the concrete in Nathalie Rivere de Carles's essay on curtains, tapestries, and other hangings, which takes a more esoterically theorized stand on the way fabric exists between fixity and motion, prop and costume, concealment and revealing, embodying various kinds of liminality and flux, particularly in temporal terms.
25:15), and most esoterically, for sending away a mother bird before taking her eggs or fledglings (Deut.
With support from the esoterically inclined Ferdinand I, however, Widmanstetter and Postel, at the time a professor of Arabic at Vienna's University, published the work two years later as the first Oriental-language text printed in Vienna.
The Straussian contention that "political philosophers" were expressing themselves esoterically is anything but a subtle point.