esotericism

[ es-uh-ter-uh-siz-uh m ]
/ ˌɛs əˈtɛr əˌsɪz əm /

noun

the state or quality of being esoteric.
esoteric principles or writings.

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Origin of esotericism

First recorded in 1840–50; esoteric + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM esotericism

es·o·ter·i·cist, noun

Words nearby esotericism

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Example sentences from the Web for esotericism

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

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

  • 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.