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es·o·ter·ic

 (ĕs′ə-tĕr′ĭk)
adj.
1.
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.
n.
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.

esoteric

(ˌɛsəʊˈtɛrɪk)
adj
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]
ˌesoˈterically adv
ˌesoˈteriˌcism, ˌeˈsoteˌrism n

es•o•ter•ic

(ˌɛs əˈtɛr ɪk)

adj.
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•cal•ly, adv.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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

adjective obscure, private, secret, hidden, inner, mysterious, mystical, mystic, occult, arcane, cryptic, inscrutable, abstruse, recondite, cabbalistic She has published several books on pathworking and other esoteric subjects.

esoteric

adjective
Beyond the understanding of an average mind:
Slang: heavy.
Translations
esoteerinenluottamuksellinen
ezoteričan
奥義の深遠な秘儀の秘密の

esoteric

[ˌesəʊˈterɪk] ADJesotérico

esoteric

[ˌiːsəʊˈtɛrɪk] adjésotérique

esoteric

adjesoterisch

esoteric

[ˌɛsəʊˈtɛrɪk] adjesoterico/a
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And it remains to be seen whether or not there is a future for these particular decks in the hands of cartomancers and esotericists.
The esotericists know that the domain of the esoteric is the null and void".
Sa'in al-Din did not think very highly of theologians, whom he placed just above the lowest-ranked traditionists but below Avicennan philosophers among exotericists, though he clearly valued advanced Sufis much higher, whom he ranked above Illuminationist philosophers but below "letter-specialists" (hurufis) among esotericists (these hurufis, who were experts in the arcane but quite "scientific" field of the study of letters, numbers, and other graphic signs, are not to be confused with the followers of Fazlallah Astarabadi).
Whereas ibn Ezra posited two groups, the outsiders and the cognoscenti, Maimonides sets up a double tension between the uneducated masses and the traditional scholarly elite on one hand and the latter and the exclusive circle of esotericists to whom the Guide is directed.