Word of the Day Archive
Monday February 13, 2012
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.
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
Like its opposite esoteric, exoteric is from the Greek root -teros. Exōterikós generally referred to anything outside.