Definition of esotericism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛsəˈtɛrɪsɪz(ə)m//ˌiːsəˈtɛrɪsɪz(ə)m/


  • See esoteric

    • ‘These songs prove him capable of focusing more on visceral appeal and less on stagy esotericism while maintaining his intellectual ambition, and one hopes this album is a stepping stone toward cementing this vision.’
    • ‘It's the dawning of the new millennium: magic, esotericism, chivalry and the divine are all blended together, expressing a disquieting but luminous desire for liberation.’
    • ‘From the 1970s onward, right-wing extremists began to repackage the old ideology of Aryan racism, elitism and force in new cultic guises involving esotericism and Eastern religions.’
    • ‘What is crucial for understanding Strauss and Straussians like Zuckert is why Strauss thinks esotericism is an answer to historicism.’
    • ‘Ultimately though, a show about one painting is bound to invoke cries of art-historical esotericism from those who like their blockbusters with a broader spread.’