esoteric definition

  • adjective:
    • Intended for or understood by only a specific group: an esoteric cult. See Synonyms at mysterious.
    • Of or concerning that which is known by a restricted number of individuals.
    • Confined to a tiny team: esoteric passions.
    • Not openly revealed; private.
    • Understood just by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.
    • Having to do with principles that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; frequently with mystical or religious connotations.
    • Confidential; private.
    • made for, and grasped by, the especially initiated alone; maybe not communicated, or perhaps not intelligible, into the basic human anatomy of followers; exclusive; interior; acroamatic; -- stated of discussions of technical topics and of the private and much more recondite directions and doctrines of philosophers. Against exoteric.
    • Marked by privacy or privacy; private; select; confidential.
    • restricted to and understandable by only an enlightened internal group
  • noun:
    • An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric viewpoint; esoterics.
    • One who thinks, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.
    • An esoteric doctrine.
    • A believer in esoteric doctrines.
  • others:
    • actually, internal: originally placed on particular writings of Aristotle of a scientific, unlike a well known, personality, and afterward towards key or acroamatic teachings of Pythagoras; for this reason, generally, key; intended to be communicated only to the initiated; serious.
    • In embryology, endoblastic. See the extract.

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