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SBTT Word Of The Week - June.28.09Views: 595
Jun 29, 2009 5:24 amSBTT Word Of The Week - June.28.09#

Tim Southernwood
Greetings Think Tankers,

Here is your word of the week:

esoteric

A:
1. Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult. See synonyms at mysterious.
2. Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.

B:
1. Confined to a small group: esoteric interests.
2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential.

Thesaurus: esoteric
Beyond the understanding of an average mind: abstruse, deep, profound, recondite. Slang heavy.

Antonyms: esoteric

Definition: mysterious, obscure
Antonyms: common, familiar, known, obvious, public, unmysterious



Philosophy

Hidden from all but a small circle of initiates. The idea that Plato, Aristotle, or almost any great philosopher was concealing the ‘true’ doctrine from all except initiates is well-received in a world which likes codes, conspiracies, and cryptograms; it flatters would-be insiders, and acts as a general excuse to interpret writers as meaning the opposite of what a natural reading of their works would suggest.

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.


Using the Word esoteric in sentences

The esoteric language was only known by a select group.

We have had a number of esoteric conversations.



Etymology of the English word esoteric

derived from the Greek word esoterikos, ἐσωτερικός
derived from the Greek word esotero
derived from the Greek word eso, ἔσω
derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *en


1655, from Gk. esoterikos "belonging to an inner circle," from esotero, comp. adv. of eso "within." In Eng., originally of Pythagorean doctrines. According to Lucian, the division of teachings into exoteric and esoteric originated with Aristotle.


Using the Word esoteric in sentences

The esoteric language was only known by a select group.

We have had a number of esoteric conversations.

Tim Southernwood (aka mistrtim on Twitter)
http://blognetawards.com

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