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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Greek
Origin: esoterikos, from esotero 'further inside', from eiso 'inside'

esoteric

adjective
     
es‧o‧ter‧ic
known and understood by only a few people who have special knowledge about something:
the esoteric world of scientific supercomputing
esoterically adverb

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