esoteric: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (es"u-ter'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
  2. belonging to the select few.
  3. private; secret; confidential.
  4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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