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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.
The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, -- exoteric , those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric , those that nobody could understand.
"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.
SOUTH ASIA Leaving legions of experts in those exoteric reaches of global politics/government to explain what the future holds for not only those most directly concerned but indeed for us ordinary mortals as well, yours truly chooses to focus in the limited space on some rather dramatic developments in our own neck of the global woods - to wit, South Asia.
Christ's words often have two meanings: one exoteric or open, and the other esoteric or hidden.
Before I try to address the work, let his hometown newspaper, the Gloucester Times, have the first word with its (anonymous) obituary of Lansing's exoteric life:
EXOTERIC A External B Mysterious C Involving heat who am I?
Scholars of early Abrahamic religions and other traditions of antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean explore the exoteric and esoteric behavior of believers and religious leaders regarding spiritual or ritual knowledge.
Studying with a variety of mentors along the way, both in the "exoteric" religious sciences broadly and Sufism in particular, Ahmad also developed and taught his own distinctive brand of spiritual/psychological discernment.
8) The topics discussed ranged between the trivial and mundane and the complex and exoteric.