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esoteric

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Definition confined to and understandable by only a few — often an enlightened inner circle
  • She published a compilation of her esoteric philosophical theories, but few copies sold and even fewer were understood.
esoteric = confined to and understandable by only a few — often an enlightened inner circle
  • esoteric cultural references
  • esoteric tax ramifications
  • esoteric regulatory structure
  • To be intoxicated by a single glass of wine; I have experienced this pleasure when I have drunk the liquor of the esoteric doctrines.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • Patriotism was a bit esoteric for me, too large-scale to see.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • esoteric = difficult to understand
  • But then you have so many esoteric phrases.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • esoteric = private (understandable by only an enlightened inner circle)
  • ...some esoteric psychology journal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • esoteric = confined to and understandable by only a few
  • as the spirits of the ancestors, just emerged from the earth, greeted themselves in their esoteric language.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • esoteric = understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
  • an elegant ... esoteric hothouse bloom
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • esoteric = not known to many people
  • ...some belonged to different orders, including the Vanguard, the Minstrels, the Promethean Scholars, the Bloodstone Circle, and many other esoteric groups from Rowan's early days.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • esoteric = understood by few
  • ...the ordeal of a professional social life, and he could never understand that esoteric phenomenon, the dinner-party—the painful entertainment of people whom one neither likes nor finds interesting.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • esoteric = understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
  • It was a very strange document filled with references to esoteric events that had occurred over the year.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • There's nothing mysterious or esoteric about it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Pastor Falk was saying that this person was enthralled by esoteric sources, specifically the Apocrypha.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • When we become expert in something, our tastes grow more esoteric and complex.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • For his esoteric amusement he commanded the jolies filles (and we obliged) to line up in front of him in order of height.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It is becoming very esoteric.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The man and woman stepped into the room stify side by side as though right out of a familiar, though esoteric, anniversary daguerreotype on a wall.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • To be intoxicated by a single glass of wine; I have experienced this pleasure when I have drunk the liquor of the esoteric doctrines.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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