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Monday, February 13, 2012

Definitions for exoteric

  1. Suitable for or communicated to the general public.
  2. Not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates.
  3. Popular; simple; commonplace.

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Citations for exoteric
Every religion under the heavens has a set of exoteric beliefs for the common man and a secret set of esoteric beliefs known only to a privileged inner circle. C. M. Palov, The Templar's Code
The exoteric explanation is the one that conforms to the level of the simple thought patterns and understanding of the majority. Kate H. Winter, The Woman in the Mountain
Origin of exoteric
1645-1655
Like its opposite esoteric, exoteric is from the Greek root -teros. Exōterikós generally referred to anything outside.