Definition of exoteric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛksə(ʊ)ˈtɛrɪk/


Intended for or likely to be understood by the general public.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • This seems untrue to me, since the Will to Power was merely Nietzsche's exoteric doctrine.
  • By contrast with his exoteric presentation at Birkbeck a week ago, his lecture last night - aimed ‘at comrades’ - was a much more focused affair.


Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek exōterikos, from exōterō 'outer', comparative of exō 'outside'.

Words that rhyme with exoteric

alphanumeric, atmospheric, chimeric, cleric, climacteric, congeneric, Derek, derrick, Eric, esoteric, ferric, generic, hemispheric, Herrick, Homeric, hysteric, mesmeric, numeric, skerrick, spheric, stratospheric

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