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confined to and understandable by only a few — often an enlightened inner circle
  • ...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.
    Chapter 39 (1% in)
esoteric = understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
  • He had been "spieler" in medicine shows, chiropodist, spiritualist medium, esoteric teacher, head of sanitariums for the diversion of neurotic women.
    Chapter 8 (89% in)
  • These precautions thrilled him, and to the others at McGurk they had something of the esoteric magic of the alchemists.
    Chapter 30 (85% in)
  • His report stirred the laboratory world, and here and there (in Tokio, in Amsterdam, in Winnemac) enthusiasts believed he had proven that phage was a living organism; and other enthusiasts said, in esoteric language with mathematical formulae, that he was a liar and six kinds of a fool.
    Chapter 38 (40% in)
  • It's just the absurd, cowardly sort of thing these tired highbrows do that sneak off to some Esoteric Colony and think they're getting strength to conquer life, when they're merely running away from it.
    Chapter 40 (38% in)
  • Yesterday an 'esoteric healer' came here because he thought this was a free colony, and Terry walked him twenty miles, and then I think he threw him in the lake.
    Chapter 40 (85% in)

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