English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Ancient Greek ἐσωτερικός ( esōterikós, “ belonging to an inner circle ” ), from ἐσωτέρω ( esōtérō, “ further inside ” ), comparative of ἔσω ( ésō, “ within ” ), from ἐς ( es ), εἰς ( eis, “ into ” ) ( esoteric originally referred to the secret teachings of Greek philosophers, versus public or exoteric ones).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Adjective [ edit ]
esoteric ( comparative , more esoteric superlative ) most esoteric
intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest, or an
enlightened inner circle.
The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I need a degree in engineering just to understand it! Having to do with
concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
an esoteric purpose
an esoteric meeting
Synonyms [ edit ]
( understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle ) : , arcane recondite
( highly theoretical; not practical ) : cerebral
( confidential; private ) : secretive
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Translations [ edit ]
Understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.
esoterico (it) , m esoterica (it) , f esoterici (it) , m pl esoteriche (it) f pl Japanese:
秘儀の ( ひぎの, higi no ), 奥義の ( おうぎの, ōgi no ) Lithuanian:
ezoterinis m Macedonian:
езотеричен m ( ezotéričen ), езотерична f ( ezotérična ), езотерично n ( ezotérično ), езотерични pl ( ezotérični ) Norwegian:
esoterisk (no) Persian:
خواصفهم ( xavâs-fahm ), غامض (fa) ( ğâmez ) Polish:
ezoteryczny (pl) , m tajemny (pl) m Portuguese:
esotérico (pt) Romanian:
ezoteric (ro) Russian:
эзотери́ческий (ru) ( ezoteríčeskij ) Serbo-Croatian:
ezotèričan (sh) Spanish:
esotérico (es) m Swedish:
esoterisk (sv) Turkish:
ezoterik , (tr) içrek , (tr) bâtınî (tr) ( archaic )
having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical
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See also [ edit ]
esoteric ( plural ) esoterics
doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy. One who believes, or is an
initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.
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