Word of the Day: Esoteric

esoteric es-o-ter-ic /  ĕs-ə-tĕr-ĭk   adjective 1. belonging to a select few Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. Will Smith, 1968 –   2. designed or intended only for a group with specialized knowledge: difficult for the general public to understand The grain of real knowledge is concealed in a vast deal of esoteric chaff. Alfred Rupert Hall, 1920 – 2009   3. of special or unusual interest Ideas do not need to be esoteric to be original or exciting. Paul Rand, 1914-1996   4. private; confidential We are, all four of us, blood relatives, and we speak a kind of esoteric, family language, a sort of semantic geometry in which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circle. from ‘Franny and Zooey’ by J. D. Salinger, 1919-2010