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Exoteric vs. Esoteric

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  • Exoteric (adjective)

    Suitable to be imparted to the public without secrecy or other reserves

  • Exoteric (adjective)

    Accessible; capable of being readily or fully comprehended; or, having an obvious application

  • Exoteric (adjective)

    Public or popular; having wide currency

  • Exoteric (adjective)

    External

  • 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; I’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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  • Exoteric (adjective)

    External; public; suitable to be imparted to the public; hence, capable of being readily or fully comprehended; - opposed to esoteric, or secret.

  • 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
  • Exoteric (adjective)

    suitable for the general public;

    "writings of an exoteric nature"

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle;

    "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

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