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 None of this is a problem in and of itself, but a little esotericism goes a long way — and Gallardo isn’t exactly of the opinion that less is more in that department. Michael Nordine, Variety, 14 Feb. 2022 Occult practices melded with culturally blurry techniques of meditating and altering consciousness, and the roots of the esotericism that would eventually be known as New Age took hold. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Peralta learned Andean esotericism from his abuela, who was a medicine woman. Lola Méndez, refinery29.com, 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, 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, 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 24 May. 2022.

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