Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day   /   exoteric

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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 14, 2019 is: exoteric • \ek-suh-TAIR-ik\  • adjective 1 a : suitable to be imparted to the public b : belonging to the outer or less initiate circle 2 : relating to the outside : external Examples: As a specialist writing for a broader audience, Annette faces the challenge of producing an exoteric synthesis of complex information. "Mainstream Judaism is primarily an exoteric, or outwardly oriented, religion, with a focus on reason, philosophy and ethics. Yet it has always had an esoteric side, expressed in the kabbalah and other mystical teachings." — Rodger Kamenetz, The San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Dec. 1990 Did you know? Exoteric derives from Latin exotericus, which is itself from Greek exōterikos, meaning "external," and ultimately from exō, meaning "outside." Exō has a number of offspring in English, including exotic, exonerate, exorbitant, and the combining form exo- or ex- (as in exoskeleton and exobiology). The antonym of exoteric is esoteric, meaning "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone"; it descends from the Greek word for "within," esō.

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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 14, 2019 is: exoteric \ek-suh-TAIR-ik\ adjective 1 a : suitable to be imparted to the public b : belonging to the outer or less initiate circle 2 : relating to the outside : [external](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/external) Examples: As a specialist writing for a broader audience, Annette faces the challenge of producing an exoteric synthesis of complex information. "Mainstream Judaism is primarily an exoteric, or outwardly oriented, religion, with a focus on reason, philosophy and ethics. Yet it has always had an [esoteric](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esoteric) side, expressed in the [kabbalah](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kabbalah) and other mystical teachings." — Rodger Kamenetz, The San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Dec. 1990 Did you know? Exoteric derives from Latin exotericus, which is itself from Greek exōterikos, meaning "external," and ultimately from exō, meaning "outside." Exō has a number of offspring in English, including [exotic](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exotic), [exonerate](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exonerate), [exorbitant](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exorbitant), and the combining form [exo-](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exo-) or ex- (as in [exoskeleton](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoskeleton) and [exobiology](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exobiology)). The antonym of exoteric is [esoteric](https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/esoteric), meaning "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone"; it descends from the Greek word for "within," esō.

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2019-10-14 01:00
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