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Monday, February 13, 2012

exoteric

\ek-suh-TER-ik\ , adjective;
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.
4.
Pertaining to the outside; exterior; external.
Quotes:
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:
Like its opposite esoteric, exoteric is from the Greek root -teros. Exōterikós generally referred to anything outside.
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