V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. understood only by a chosen few; 2. of rare or unusual interest

Synonyms: abstruse, secret, recondite, mysterious, obscure

Antonyms: open, uncomplicated

Tips: Esoteric is derived from the Greek eso¯terikos, “belonging to an inner circle.” Use esoteric to describe anything that is only understood by a small circle or is foreign and difficult to understand for most people. Esoteric can also be used to describe unusual taste appreciated by only a few.

Usage Examples:

Derivatives are an esoteric investment that very few investors use or understand. (obscure)

The temple is an esoteric spiritual hideaway where a select few monks go to seek enlightenment. (hidden)

The secret society at my school is said to have its own esoteric language. (mysterious, secret)

The symbolism professor knew how to decipher even the most esoteric code. (secret, obscure)

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