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1. Not confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates.
2. Comprehensible to or suited to the public; popular.
3. Of or relating to the outside; external.

[Latin exōtericus, external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō, comparative of exō, outside; see exo-.]

ex′o·ter′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌɛksəʊˈtɛrɪk) or


1. intelligible to or intended for more than a select or initiated minority: an exoteric account of a philosophical doctrine.
2. external; exterior
[C17: from Latin exōtericus external, from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō further outside; see exo-]
ˌexoˈterically adv
ˌexoˈteriˌcism n


(ˌɛk səˈtɛr ɪk)

1. suitable for communication to the general public.
2. not limited to the inner or select circle, as of disciples.
3. pertaining to the outside; external.
[1645–55; < Late Latin exōtericus external < Greek exōterikós=exṓter(ō) further out (comp. of éxō; see exo-) + -ikos -ic]
ex`o•ter′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exoteric - suitable for the general public; "writings of an exoteric nature"
public - not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"
References in classic literature ?
It is easy to point out the different modes of government, and we have already settled them in our exoteric discourses.
They pretend," as I hear, "that the verses of Kabir have four different senses; illusion, spirit, intellect, and the exoteric doctrine of the Vedas"; but in this part of the world it is considered a ground for complaint if a man's writings admit of more than one interpretation.
Political Islam in Iran, headed by the clerics, is a clear example of exoteric
The apparent neo-Platonism in Alfarabi is upon closer inspection an exoteric or surface doctrine, concealing his true position.
From the failure to secure publication, of course, one has to conclude that Wiechert misjudged the delicate balance between camouflaging a dissident message while simultaneously offering a "safe," exoteric reading.
Our case proved that MDCT enterography was an efficient noninvasive and pain-free means of examination and a useful adjunct to capsule endoscopy in excluding strictures, clarifying ambiguous capsule endoscopic findings, or in searching for intramural or exoteric small bowel abnormalities.
Exoteric takes star billing in Division One after winning his last two starts.
Secondly, in the class, the teachers should lead the students to view the English with different cultural basement with the exoteric posture and simulate them to compare and analyse the Chinese and foreign cultures and languages.
One is the open or exoteric culture, and the other is the hidden or esoteric culture.
It describes the early activities of Eison and his disciple Ninsho, the precedents for the Ma[+ or -]jusri assemblies led by Ninsho and Eison, the oliving Ma[+ or -]jusrio statue that served as the centerpiece of the restoration of Hannyaji temple, fundraising for the Hannyaji restoration and the Ma[+ or -]jusri main icon, a dream-vision account attributed to Eison that purports a direct transmission from Ma[+ or -]jusri to Eison to Shinku, Monkan's participation in the Ma[+ or -]jusri cult and his biographical construction as an orthodox Shingon and Risu monk and as a heretical tantric practitioner, and evidence for the Shingon Ritsu Ma[+ or -]jusri cult in the context of competing theories on the relationship between exoteric and esoteric elements in the cult and the Saidaiji order.
This is the discussion that should be exoteric and broad based and should involve all sectors of the country's economy.
Servant of Love brings all of that and more to bear in an incredibly sophisticated song cycle that, while perhaps not immediately exoteric, Is worth the extra effort.