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Eclectic vs. Esoteric

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  • Eclectic (adjective)

    Selecting a mixture of what appears to be best of various doctrines, methods or styles.

  • Eclectic (adjective)

    Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.

  • Eclectic (noun)

    Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    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; Iā€™d need a degree in engineering just to understand it!"

  • Esoteric (adjective)

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

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    Confidential; private.

    "an esoteric purpose"

    "an esoteric meeting"

  • Esoteric (noun)

    An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.

  • Esoteric (noun)

    One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.

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  • Eclectic (adjective)

    Selecting; choosing (what is true or excellent in doctrines, opinions, etc.) from various sources or systems; as, an eclectic philosopher.

  • Eclectic (adjective)

    Consisting, or made up, of what is chosen or selected; as, an eclectic method; an eclectic magazine.

  • Eclectic (noun)

    One who follows an eclectic method.

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    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.

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    Marked by secrecy or privacy; private; select; confidential; as, an esoteric purpose; an esoteric meeting.

  • Esoteric (noun)

    An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Eclectic (noun)

    someone who selects according to the eclectic method

  • Eclectic (adjective)

    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle;

    "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

Princeton's WordNet
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