Definition of "esoteric" [es•o•ter•ic]

  • Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult. See Synonyms at mysterious. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people. (adjective)
  • Confined to a small group: esoteric interests. (adjective)
  • Not publicly disclosed; confidential. (adjective)

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Use "esoteric" in a sentence
  • ""During the credit crisis the word 'esoteric' became associated with deals that were too complex for investors to understand," Mr. Wishengrad said."
  • "The only place one may find them is in esoteric and occult histories and their own works spread across at least seven generations."
  • "Those of us Straussians would call it esoteric writing, which is necessary to varying degrees at all times because every regime has its own particular idols."