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Esoteric vs. Archaic

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Esotericadjective

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!’;

Archaicnoun

A general term for the prehistoric period intermediate between the earliest period (‘[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo-Indian Paleo-Indian]’, ‘Paleo-American’, ‘American‐paleolithic’, &c.) of human presence in the Western Hemisphere, and the most recent prehistoric period (‘Woodland’, etc.).

Esotericadjective

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

Archaicnoun

(paleoanthropology) (A member of) an archaic variety of Homo sapiens.

Esotericadjective

Confidential; private.

‘an esoteric purpose’; ‘an esoteric meeting’;

Archaicadjective

Of or characterized by antiquity; old-fashioned, quaint, antiquated.

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Esotericnoun

An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.

Archaicadjective

(of words) No longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity.

Esotericnoun

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

Archaicadjective

(archaeology) Belonging to the archaic period

Esotericadjective

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.’;

Archaicadjective

Of or characterized by antiquity or archaism; antiquated; obsolescent.

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Esotericadjective

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

Archaicadjective

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period;

‘a ramshackle antediluvian tenement’; ‘antediluvian ideas’; ‘archaic laws’;

Esotericnoun

An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.

Archaicadjective

little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type;

‘archaic forms of life’; ‘primitive mammals’; ‘the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe’;

Esotericadjective

confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle;

‘a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories’;

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