exoteric

adjective ex·o·ter·ic \ ˌek-sə-ˈter-ik \

Definition of exoteric

1 a :suitable to be imparted to the public
  • the exoteric doctrine
— compare esoteric
b :belonging to the outer or less initiate circle
2 :relating to the outside :external

exoterically

play \ˌek-sə-ˈter-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Exoteric derives from Latin exōtericus, which is itself from Greek exoterikos, meaning "external," and ultimately from "exo, meaning "outside." "Exō" has a number of offspring in English, including "exotic," "exonerate," "exorbitant," and the combining form "exō-" or "ex-" (as in "exoskeleton" and "exobiology"). The antonym of "exoteric" is esoteric, meaning "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone"; it descends from the Greek word for within," "esō."

Origin and Etymology of exoteric

Latin & Greek; Latin exotericus, from Greek exōterikos, literally, external, from exōterō more outside, comparative of exō outside — more at exo-


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