esoteric

[ es-uh-ter-ik ]
/ ˌɛs əˈtɛr ɪk /

adjective

understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
belonging to the select few.
private; secret; confidential.
(of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.

Origin of esoteric

1645–55; < Greek esōterikós inner, equivalent to esṓter(os) inner + -ikos -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM esoteric

es·o·ter·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·es·o·ter·ic, adjectivenon·es·o·ter·i·cal·ly, adverbun·es·o·ter·ic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH esoteric

esoteric exoteric
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British Dictionary definitions for esoteric

esoteric
/ (ˌɛsəʊˈtɛrɪk) /

adjective

restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority, esp because of abstruseness or obscurityan esoteric cult Compare exoteric
difficult to understand; abstrusean esoteric statement
not openly admitted; privateesoteric aims

Derived forms of esoteric

esoterically, adverbesotericism, noun

Word Origin for esoteric

C17: from Greek esōterikos, from esōterō inner
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