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Nov 11, 2021
This week’s theme
Counterpart words

This week’s words
materteral
attrite
autonym
exoteric
spear side

exoteric
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exoteric

PRONUNCIATION:
(ek-so-TER-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Not limited to an inner circle of select people.
2. Suitable for the general public.
3. Relating to the outside; external.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin exotericus, from Greek exoterikos (external), from exotero, comparative form of exo (outside). Earliest documented use: 1656.

USAGE:
“Ancient commentators distinguish between [Aristotle’s] esoteric and exoteric writings -- the former were highly technical pieces, written for use within the school, and the latter well-crafted pieces for public consumption.”
Jeremy Stangroom & James Garvey; The Great Philosophers; Arcturus; 2015.

See more usage examples of exoteric in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. -Joyce (from "Children's Letters to God")

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