esotericism

noun
es·​o·​ter·​i·​cism | \ ˌe-sə-ˈter-ə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce esotericism (audio) , -ˈte-rə- \

Definition of esotericism

1 : esoteric doctrines or practices
2 : the quality or state of being esoteric

Examples of esotericism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peralta learned Andean esotericism from his abuela, who was a medicine woman. Lola Méndez, refinery29.com, "I Got A Pachamama Tattoo To Connect With The Divine Energy Of My Ancestors," 17 Aug. 2020 In 1533, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa of Nettersheim, a young German nobleman, authored a groundbreaking work on different approaches to esotericism. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Casting Your Own Spells at Home," 26 Mar. 2018 This started to take effect even before the Internet took off, on account of crate-digging, esotericism and obscurantism, and the burgeoning reissue industry. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Musica Globalista: the farewell essay by Simon Reynolds, ‘Here Comes Everything’," 2 Sep. 2011

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First Known Use of esotericism

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Esotericism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esotericism. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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