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ex·o·ter·ic

 (ĕk′sə-tĕr′ĭk)
adj.
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.

exoteric

(ˌɛksəʊˈtɛrɪk) or

exoterical

adj
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

ex•o•ter•ic

(ˌɛk səˈtɛr ɪk)

adj.
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"
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34) There is no question here of any divergence of interpretation; the difference between exoterism and esoterism (35) as regards such statements as these is in depth and fullness of interpretation, as between one who takes them 'as a manner of speaking', allowing them to pass over his head, and one who takes them with all seriousness, meditating deeply upon them, and following them up to their imperative conclusions.
Salih takes Islamic exoterism to task for its use of the authority of religious dogma to impose its will.
The discussion of spirituality inevitably leads to a broader discussion of esoterism and exoterism in Part Five, with some insightful comparisons of these two as expressed in the great Abrahamic religions.