Esoteric meaning

ĕsə-tĕrĭk
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.

The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I need a degree in engineering just to understand it!

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The definition of esoteric is something only understood by a chosen group.

An example of esoteric is pa++ern, an embroidery language.

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Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
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Confidential; private; withheld.

An esoteric plan.

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Not known by or suitable for the public; private.

Few understood the celebrity's esoteric side.

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One that is esoteric.
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Esoteric matters; esoterica.
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Origin of esoteric

  • Greek esōterikos from esōterō comparative of esō within en in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἐσωτερικός (esōterikos, “belonging to an inner circle”), from ἐσωτέρω (esōterō, “further inside”), comparative of ἔσω (esō, “within”), from ἐς (es), εἰς (eis, “into”) (esoteric originally referred to the secret teachings of Greek philosophers, versus public or exoteric ones).

    From Wiktionary