adjective Etymology: Late Latin esotericus, from Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of eisō, esō within, from eis into; akin to Greek en in — more at in Date: circa 1660 1. a. designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone <
a body of esoteric legal doctrine — B. N. Cardozo
b. requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group <
esoteric terminology
esoteric strategies
; broadly difficult to understand <
esoteric subjects
2. a. limited to a small circle <
engaging in esoteric pursuits
b. private, confidential <
an esoteric purpose
3. of special, rare, or unusual interest <
esoteric building materials
esoterically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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