Arcane vs. Esoteric

By Jaxson

  • Arcane (adjective)

    Understood by only a few.



    “arcane rituals”

  • Arcane (adjective)

    Obscure, mysterious.


    “arcane origins”

    “arcane details”

  • Arcane (adjective)

    Requiring secret or mysterious knowledge to understand.

  • Arcane (adjective)

    Extremely old (e.g. interpretation or knowledge), and possibly irrelevant.

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest, or an enlightened inner circle.

    “The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I’d need a degree in engineering just to understand it!”

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.

  • Esoteric (adjective)

    Confidential; private.

    “an esoteric purpose”

    “an esoteric meeting”

  • Esoteric (noun)

    An esoteric doctrine or treatise; esoteric philosophy.

  • Esoteric (noun)

    One who believes, or is an initiate, in esoteric doctrines or rites.


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