• (British) IPA: /ˌɛs.əʊˈtɛɹ.ɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɛs.əˈtɛɹ.ɪk/, /ˌɛs.oʊˈtɛɹ.ɪk/, enPR ěsətěr'ĭk


  1. 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!
  2. Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
  3. Confidential; private.
    an esoteric purpose
    an esoteric meeting
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  • German: geheim
  • Portuguese: confidencial, secreto
  • Russian: эзотери́ческий

esoteric (plural esoterics)

  1. An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.
  2. One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.

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