from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Esoteric teachings or practices.
- n. The quality or condition of being esoteric.
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- n. The tendency to promote or desire the esoteric.
- n. Doctrines or practices of esoteric knowledge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Esoteric doctrine or principles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Esoteric doctrine or principles; devotion to or inclination for mysticism or occultism. Also esoterism.
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It also contains what might be called "esotericism," or, deeper readings of texts and life.
I am not scholar enough to judge the Scandinavian verse, but the Irish poetic speech seems to me at worst an over abundance of the esotericism which is an essential element in all admirable literature, and I think it is a folly to make light of it, as a recent writer has done.91 Even now verse no less full of symbol and myth seems to me as legitimate as, let us say, a religious picture full of symbolic detail, or the symbolic ornament of a cathedral.
"esotericism" suffers the risk of collapse when the resources of the "initiates" are not sufficient to "patch the gaps", that is, to solve problems as soon as they occur.
I have every right to condescend to people (i.e. most liberals) who think intellectual finesse and esotericism equals fitness for and superiority of leadership.
His later spiritual perspective evolved among pantheism, humanism, and various elements of Western esotericism, as seen most vividly in Part II of Faust.
Pythagorean esotericism has been a constant presence in Western thought since antiquity, but it was especially in vogue during the Renaissance, thanks to the rediscovery of a poem of “self-help” maxims written around the fourth century B.C. called the Golden Verses of Pythagoras.
The difficulty and esotericism was part of the intensity of the lesson.
In the end, this volume brings all of the benefits of deep spiritual practice without any of the jargon or esotericism that may repel more scientifically-minded folk.
Kabbalah, the centuries-old system of Jewish mysticism and esotericism, offers three types of answers to these questions.
These two works position Shingon esotericism as the culmination of all Buddhist and religious standpoints.