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Eclectic vs. Esoteric — What's the Difference?

Eclectic vs. Esoteric — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Eclectic and Esoteric

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Eclectic

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles
An eclectic taste in music.
An eclectic approach to managing the economy.
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Esoteric

Intended for or understood by only a small group, especially one with specialized knowledge or interests
An esoteric philosophical doctrine.
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Eclectic

Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources
"a popular bar patronized by an eclectic collection of artists, writers, secretaries and aging soldiers on reserve duty" (Curtis Wilkie).
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Esoteric

Relating to or being a small group with specialized knowledge or interests
An esoteric circle.
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Eclectic

One that follows an eclectic method.
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Esoteric

Not known by or suitable for the public; private
Few understood the celebrity's esoteric side.
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Eclectic

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

One that is esoteric.
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Eclectic

Unrelated and unspecialized; heterogeneous.
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Esoteric

Esoterics Esoteric matters; esoterica
"The course ... is anything but an exercise in ivory tower esoterics" (Sharon Waxman).
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Eclectic

Someone who selects according to the eclectic method.
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Esoteric

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!
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Eclectic

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

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

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

Confidential; private.
An esoteric purpose
An esoteric meeting
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Eclectic

One who follows an eclectic method.
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Esoteric

An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.
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Eclectic

Someone who selects according to the eclectic method
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Esoteric

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

Selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
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Esoteric

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.
Enough if every age produce two or three critics of this esoteric class, with here and there a reader to understand them.
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Esoteric

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

An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.
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Esoteric

Confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle;
A compilation of esoteric philosophical theories
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