Saturday, March 14, 2009

esoteric: Word of the Day Word of the Day

Word of the Day for Saturday, March 14, 2009

esoteric \es-uh-TER-ik\, adjective:

1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite
2. belonging to the select few
3. private; secret; confidential
4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group

Even in rehearsals, I didn't realize it would be as popular as it proved. After I read it, I said: 'It's brilliant, but it's quite esoteric.' We scheduled 70 or 80 performances.
-- Nicholas Hytner

c. 1645-55, Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of esō, within Entry and Pronunciation for esoteric

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