Very particularly abstruse and consummately occult. The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, -- _exoteric_, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and _esoteric_, those that nobody could understand. It is the latter that have most profoundly affected modern thought and found greatest acceptance in our time.
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.
An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy; esoterics.
One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.
A type of hidden knowledge that is generally known only by a few individuals and not by the general public.
(information that is understood by few, not traditional interest or ideas)
esoteric: hidden wisdom or inner wisdom that is now being made exoteric or revealed on Earth. That which is hidden or veiled.
1. restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority, especially because of abstrus
A term based upon customs in mysterious Greek religions to explain advanced doctrines only to the fully enlightened, as was probably inferred by this passage: "For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing" (Acts 17:21).
(1) Hidden or deeper knowledge or teachings that are possessed or understood only by a few. (2) Beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; hidden or inner knowledge reserved for initiates. (3) Confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories".
As used by self-proclaimed "esoterics," it is that world-view which recovers pre-Christian beliefs in God/Goddess dualism, polytheistic practices, astrology, and the alternative history of Jesus which is available to initiated adherents of "esoteric" societies.
(hidden, secret, inner, concealed, mystical, occcult; Greek "eso" within) Understood or meaningful to a small group and not of significance to the average person; perhaps mysterious because of the difficulty to understand.
a term meaning hidden or occult
Hidden, generally applied to knowledge that is known only to a small group of initiates, or people with a strong interest in the subject.
(Greek "esoterikos", "inner") beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; hidden or inner knowledge reserved for initiates
A word used to describe knowledge that is possessed or understood only by a few.