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Esoteric vs. Geek

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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!’;

Geeknoun

(dated) A carnival performer specializing in bizarre and unappetizing behavior.

‘I once saw a geek bite the head off a live chicken.’;

Esotericadjective

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

Geeknoun

(colloquial) A person who is intensely interested in a particular field or hobby and often having limited or nonstandard social skills. Often used with an attributive noun.

‘I was a complete computer geek in high school, but I get out a lot more now.’; ‘Most famous actors are really theater geeks at heart.’;

Esotericadjective

Confidential; private.

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

Geeknoun

An expert in a technical field, particularly one having to do with computers.

‘My laptop’s locked up again. I need a geek.’; ‘Do you need a hardware geek or a software geek?’;

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Esotericnoun

An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.

Geeknoun

(colloquial) The subculture of geeks; an esoteric subject of interest that is marginal to the social mainstream; the philosophy, events, and physical artifacts of geeks.

Esotericnoun

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

Geeknoun

(colloquial) An unfashionable or socially undesirable person.

‘Why do you hang around with them? They’re just geeks.’;

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.’;

Geeknoun

A look.

‘Have a geek at this.’;

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Esotericadjective

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

Geekverb

(colloquial) To behave geekishly or in a socially awkward manner, especially when under the influence of drugs or other psycho-active substances, and exhibiting such marked characteristics as hyperactivity, repetitiveness, talkativeness, nervousness, irritability, or paranoia.

‘Hey, check out that guy...he's really geeking out pretty bad.’;

Esotericnoun

An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.

Geekverb

(Cornwall) To look; to peep; to stare about intently.

Esotericadjective

confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle;

‘a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories’;

Geeknoun

A performer in a carnival, often presented as a wild man, who performs grotesquely disgusting acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken or snake.

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Geeknoun

Any eccentric or strange person; an oddball; an eccentric.

Geeknoun

A student who is socially inept and a misfit in his class, especially one who is an intellectual; a nerd; a dork.

Geeknoun

An intellectually inclined person, especially one who is interested in scientific or technical subjects; as, a group of geeks wearing pocket protectors; - originally a deprecatory and contemptuous term, but in the 1990's, with the increase in popularity of computers and the frequency of accumulation of great wealth by computer entrepreneurs, it has come to be used with noticeable frequency by technically competent people to refer to themselves, ironically and sometimes proudly.

Geeknoun

a carnival performer who does disgusting acts

Geeknoun

a person with an unusual or odd personality

Geek

The word geek is a slang term originally used to describe eccentric or non-mainstream people; in current use, the word typically connotes an expert or enthusiast obsessed with a hobby or intellectual pursuit. In the past, it had a generally pejorative meaning of a .

‘peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, boring, or socially awkward’;

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