es·​o·​ter·​i·​cism ˌe-sə-ˈter-ə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce esotericism (audio)
: esoteric doctrines or practices
: the quality or state of being esoteric

Examples of esotericism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the most part my efforts at sculpting a musical identity were fueled by an esotericism that disdained common and easily accessible genres. Justin E. H. Smith, Harper's Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 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,, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of esotericism was in 1846

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“Esotericism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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