esotericism

[es-uh-ter-uh-siz-uhm]
noun
1.
the state or quality of being esoteric.
2.
esoteric principles or writings.

Origin:
1840–50; esoteric + -ism

esotericist, noun
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esoteric (ˌɛsəʊˈtɛrɪk)
 
adj
1.  Compare exoteric restricted to or intended for an enlightened or initiated minority, esp because of abstruseness or obscurity: an esoteric cult
2.  difficult to understand; abstruse: an esoteric statement
3.  not openly admitted; private: esoteric aims
 
[C17: from Greek esōterikos, from esōterō inner]
 
eso'terically
 
adv
 
eso'tericism
 
n

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The major views on the afterlife derive from religion, esotericism and metaphysics.
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