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Definition 1: confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where esoteric or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories

(esoteric is similar to ...) difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

"the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them" "a deep metaphysical theory" "some recondite problem in historiography"

(esoteric is similar to ...) requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

"the arcane science of dowsing"

(esoteric is similar to ...) having a secret or hidden meaning

"cabalistic symbols engraved in stone" "cryptic writings" "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"

(esoteric is similar to ...) having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

"mysterious symbols" "the mystical style of Blake" "occult lore" "the secret learning of the ancients"

(means also ...) confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy

"a private place" "private discussions" "private lessons" "a private club" "a private secretary" "private property" "the former President is now a private citizen" "public figures struggle to maintain a private life"

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