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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Esoteric  \Es`o*ter"ic\,  a. 
  Marked  by  secrecy  or  privacy;  private;  select;  confidential; 
  as  an  esoteric  purpose;  an  esoteric  meeting. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Esoteric  \Es`o*ter"ic\,  n.  (Philos.) 
  a  An  esoteric  doctrine  or  treatise;  esoteric  philosophy; 
  esoterics. 
  b  One  who  believes,  or  is  an  initiate,  in  esoteric 
  doctrines  or  rites. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Esoteric  \Es`o*ter"ic\  ([e^]s`[-o]*t[e^]"[i^]k),  a.  [Gr. 
  'eswteriko`s,  fr  'esw`teros  inner,  interior,  comp.  fr  'e`sw 
  in  within,  fr  'es,  e'is,  into  fr  'en  in  See  {In}.] 
  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 
  the  private  and  more  recondite  instructions  and  doctrines  of 
  philosophers.  Opposed  to  exoteric. 
 
  Enough  if  every  age  produce  two  or  three  critics  of 
  this  esoteric  class,  with  here  and  there  a  reader  to 
  understand  them  --De  Quincey. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  esoteric 
  adj  :  confined  to  and  understandable  by  only  an  enlightened  inner 
  circle;  "a  compilation  of  esoteric  philosophical 
  theories"  [ant:  {exoteric}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ESOTERIC,  adj  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. 
 
 




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