Eclectic vs Esoteric

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Eclectic vs Esoteric

Postby Sabina » Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:21 pm

Random information, or a comparison
of two comparable adjectives that begin with 'e'.


Eclectic means selecting what seems best of various styles, methods, or ideas while esoteric means intended for and understandable by only a small knowledgeable group.

eclectic –adjective
    1. selecting or choosing from various sources.
    2. made up of what is selected from different sources.
    3. not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are
    considered the best elements of all systems.
    4. noting or pertaining to works of architecture, decoration, landscaping, etc., produced by a certain person or during a certain period, that derive from a wide range of historic styles, the style in each instance often being chosen for its fancied appropriateness to local tradition, local geography, the purpose to be served, or the cultural background of the client.

esoteric –adjective
    1. understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
    2. belonging to the select few.
    3. private; secret; confidential.
    4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.
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Re: Eclectic vs Esoteric

Postby Ryan » Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:36 pm

So... would you say this post is eclectic or esoteric in nature?
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Re: Eclectic vs Esoteric

Postby mirjana » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:25 pm

According to the description that Sabina has given, your question is more esoteric. Why?
It belongs only to DS members (and only those who will read this topic);
But, I think that your question is more witty than esoteric. ;0)
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Re: Eclectic vs Esoteric

Postby Daywhite » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:34 am

What eclectic minds we all have to share something so esoteric. Yea Us!!!! And, Ryan, I would say it's eclectically esoteric. B0)
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