Webster 1913 Edition
ἐσώτεροσinner, interior, comp. fr.
ἔσωin, within, fr.
εἰς, into, fr.
Designed for, and understood by, the specially initiated alone; not communicated, or not intelligible, to the general body of followers; private; interior; acroamatic; – said of discussions of technical topics and of the private and more recondite instructions and doctrines of philosophers. Opposed to
Enough if every age produce two or three critics of this
esotericclass, with here and there a reader to understand them.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.
- Confidential; private.
- an esoteric purpose
- an esoteric meeting
- (understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle): arcane, recondite
- (highly theoretical; not practical): cerebral
- (confidential; private): secretive
Understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle.
having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical
esoteric (plural esoterics)
- An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.
- One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.