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Definition of Esoteric

  ESOTERIC   adjective
Very particularly abstruse and consummately occult. The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, -- exoteric, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric, those that nobody could understand.  It is the latter that have most profoundly affected modern thought and found greatest acceptance in our time.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?es?u?ter?k adj. 1 intelligible only to those with special knowledge. 2 (of a belief etc.) intended only for the initiated. °°esoterical adj. esoterically adv. esotericism n. esotericist n. [Gk esoterikos f. esotero compar. of eso within]

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