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Definition of Esoteric


  1. 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 the private and more recondite instructions and doctrines of philosophers. Opposed to exoteric.
  2. Marked by secrecy or privacy; private; select; confidential; as, an esoteric purpose; an esoteric meeting.
  3. An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.
  4. One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.

Esoteric Quotations

Ideas do not need to be esoteric to be original or exciting.
Paul Rand

It's clear on the one hand that an education enriches and informs a response to beauty, even makes it possible in esoteric cases. On the other hand, there's no question that someone with no musical education whatsoever might wander into a concert hall and be overwhelmed by the 'Beethoven Pastoral Symphony'.
Denis Dutton

I like the ritual, the liturgy of a well-crafted, emotional fashion show. I will never be jaded with this side of fashion. The catwalk is pure anthropology, something like an esoteric encrypted parade. It can totally be replaced but it will be missed.
Hedi Slimane

You know, the BBC had not been particularly generous in its deliverance of blues and esoteric kinds of music.
Keith Richards

The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.
Dalai Lama
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Esoteric Translations

esoteric in German is esoterisch
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