Definition of exoteric in English:


Syllabification: ex·o·ter·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌeksəˈterik


(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.
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  • 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'.

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