• Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest, or an enlightened inner circle.
  • Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
  • Confidential; private.



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  • From Ancient Greek ἐσωτερικός, from ἐσωτέρω, comparative of ἔσω, from ἐς, εἰς (the term esoteric referred originally to the secret teachings of Greek philosophers, versus public or exoteric ones).

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