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(especially of a doctrine or mode of speech) intended for or likely to be understood by the general public.‘an exoteric, literal meaning and an esoteric, inner teaching’The opposite of esoteric
- ‘They believed also in esoteric meanings accessible only to the powerful elite, as opposed to exoteric doctrine suitable for the masses.’
- ‘Some religious books counted as mere exoteric teaching for the masses.’
- ‘The ordinary people are required to accept the Quran in its literal or exoteric sense whereas the philosophers have much more discretion in interpreting scriptural truth.’
- ‘By contrast with his exoteric presentation at Birkbeck a week ago, his lecture last night - aimed ‘at comrades’ - was a much more focused affair.’
- ‘This seems untrue to me, since the Will to Power was merely Nietzsche's exoteric doctrine.’
Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō outer comparative of exō outside.
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