Understood by only a few.
Requiring secret or mysterious knowledge to understand.
Extremely old (e.g. interpretation or knowledge), and possibly irrelevant.
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’d need a degree in engineering just to understand it!"
Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
"an esoteric purpose"
"an esoteric meeting"
An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.
One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.
Designed for, and understood by, the specially initiated alone; not communicated, or not intelligible, to the general body of followers; private; interior; acroamatic; - said of discussions of technical topics and of the private and more recondite instructions and doctrines of philosophers. Opposed to exoteric.
Marked by secrecy or privacy; private; select; confidential; as, an esoteric purpose; an esoteric meeting.
An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge;
"the arcane science of dowsing"
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle;
"a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"