What is the difference between esoteric and mystic?

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As adjectives the difference between esoteric and mystic

is that esoteric is understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle while mystic is of, or relating to mystics, mysticism or occult mysteries; mystical.

As a noun mystic is

someone who practices mysticism.

esoteric

English

Adjective

(en 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 need a degree in engineering just to understand it!
  • Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations.
  • Confidential; private.
  • Synonyms

    * (understood only by a chosen few or an enlightened inner circle) arcane, recondite * cerebral * secretive

    Antonyms

    * exoteric

    See also

    * exoterism * metaphysical * occult * paranormal * supernatural * theoretical

    Anagrams

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    mystic

    English

    Alternative forms

    * mystick (archaic)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of, or relating to mystics, mysticism or occult mysteries; mystical.
  • a mystic dance
  • Mysterious and strange; arcane, obscure or enigmatic.
  • * Emerson
  • Heaven's numerous hierarchy span / The mystic gulf from God to man.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Someone who practices mysticism.
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