- suitable for or communicated to the general public.
- not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates.
- popular; simple; commonplace.
- pertaining to the outside; exterior; external.
Origin of exoteric
Related Words for exotericexterior, outlying, outdoor, outer, external, extraterrestrial, peripheral, over, surface, alien, beyond, extraneous, extrinsic, outermost, outside, outward, remote, superficial, without, outmost
Examples from the Web for exoteric
Historical Examples of exoteric
They are exoteric, now from the people's point of view, now from that of the priests.The Expositor's Bible:The Book of Numbers
Robert A. Watson
The former were called his esoteric, the latter his exoteric, discourses.Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals
The Essenes had their "Exoteric" and their "Esoteric" doctrines.The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors
With the teachers of exoteric knowledge it is 'Obey or be damned!'A Son of Perdition
This Marquis, though he had his exoteric politics, had his esoteric feelings.Marion Fay
- intelligible to or intended for more than a select or initiated minorityan exoteric account of a philosophical doctrine
- external; exterior
Word Origin for exoteric
1650s, from Late Latin exotericus, from Greek exoterikos, from exotero, comparative of exo (see exo-).
- Arising outside the organism; of external origin.