Use "esoteric" to describe something that is obscure, private or not easily understood. In the sentence, "John joined an esoteric club," "esoteric" tells the reader that little is known about the club.Continue Reading
"Esoteric" is used to show that something is not understood, as in, "Her esoteric musings were misunderstood by many." Here, "esoteric" shows that the writings were not fully comprehended by others. "Esoteric" can also be used to indicate something is private, for example, "Jill and I shared an esoteric joke about the teacher."
"Esoteric" is derived from "esoterikos," "esotero" and "eso." These are Greek words that translate to "within" or "belonging to an inner circle."Learn more about Literary Writing