Synonyms for esoteric

Synonyms for (adj) esoteric

Synonyms: esoteric

Definition: confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

Usage: a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories

Similar words: abstruse, recondite, deep

Definition: difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

Usage: the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them; a deep metaphysical theory; some recondite problem in historiography

Similar words: arcane

Definition: requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

Usage: the arcane science of dowsing

Similar words: sibylline, cabalistic, cryptic, cryptical, qabalistic, kabbalistic

Definition: having a secret or hidden meaning

Usage: cabalistic symbols engraved in stone; cryptic writings; thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements- John Gunther

Similar words: secret, occult, orphic, mysterious, mystic, mystical

Definition: having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

Usage: mysterious symbols; the mystical style of Blake; occult lore; the secret learning of the ancients

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