Sunday, 2 January 2011


1:suitable to be imparted to the public. 2: belonging to the outer or less initiate circle. 3:external

Trying to reach a broader audience, the geneticist faced the challenge of producing an exoteric synthesis of complex information.

Did You Know?

This useful word derives from the Latin exotericus, itself from the Greek exoterikos ("external") and ultimately from exo, meaning "outside." Exo has a number of offspring in English, including "exotic," "exonerate," "exorbitant," and the combing form "exo-" or "ex-" (as in "exoskeleton"). The antonym of "exoteric" is "esoteric," meaning "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone"; it descends from eso, the Greek word for "within."

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I think this word relates to blogging so much. While journals are esoteric, a blog is most definitely exoteric; however, sometimes what we share is esoteric in its ability to be fully understood...but art isn't supposed to be fully understood...

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