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esotericism

[es-uh-ter-uh-siz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of being esoteric.
  2. esoteric principles or writings.
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Origin of esotericism

First recorded in 1840–50; esoteric + -ism
Related formses·o·ter·i·cist, noun
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Related Words for esotericism

newness, weirdness, abnormality, oddity, novelty, eccentricity, exoticism, unconventionality, foreignness, esotericism, esoterism

Examples from the Web for esotericism

Historical Examples of esotericism

  • It is such deliberateness in great artists153 that has, curiously enough, acquired for them a reputation for esotericism.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning

    Willard Huntington Wright

  • The star preserves the esotericism of its nomenclature, in whatever sphere it is used, namely, the power of radiating light.

  • Mohammed, like all great mystics, had discovered or learnt many of the truths of esotericism.

    Reincarnation

    Th. Pascal

  • It did not hold very long, even with the novelists; for the English taste this esotericism was too exotic.