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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
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ETHNOLOGY

ESOTERIC

-adj.

Very particularly abstruse and consummately occult. The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, - exoteric, those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric, those that nobody could understand. It is the latter that have most profoundly affected modern thought and found greatest acceptance in our time.