- 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
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Examples from the Web for esoterically
Esoterically, she is the daughter of the exalted God, and she is the soul.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
M. Bourgeat hazards the suggestion that esoterically it is the symbol of evolution—of which it carries none of the signs.The Illustrated Key to the Tarot
L. W. de Laurence
He desired that the Kabbala be taught only in secret (esoterically), and be not expounded in public.History of the Jews, Vol. III (of 6)
Esoterically understood, his novel teaches a doctrine of mysticism, intuitionalism, and materialism combined.Balzac
- 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
Word Origin and History for esoterically
1650s, from Greek esoterikos "belonging to an inner circle," from esotero "more within," comparative adverb of eso "within," related to eis "into," en "in" (see en- (2)).
In English, originally of Pythagorean doctrines. According to Lucian, the division of teachings into exoteric and esoteric originated with Aristotle.