Definitions for occultəˈkʌlt, ˈɒk ʌlt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oc•cultəˈkʌlt, ˈɒk ʌlt(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.

  2. beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding.

  3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.

  4. hidden from view.

  5. Med.not readily detectable, esp. at the place of origin:

    occult bleeding.

    Category: Medicine

  6. (n.)the occult, the supernatural, or supernatural agencies and affairs considered as a whole.

  7. (v.t.)to block or shut off (an object) from view; hide.

  8. to hide (a celestial body) by occultation.

    Category: Astronomy

  9. (v.i.)to become hidden or shut off from view.

Origin of occult:

1520–30; < L occultus, ptp. of occulere to hide from view =oc-oc-+-culere, akin to cēlāre to conceal

oc•cult′ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. supernatural, occult(noun)

    supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

    "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"

  2. occult, occult arts(adj)

    supernatural practices and techniques

    "he is a student of the occult"

  3. occult(adj)

    hidden and difficult to see

    "an occult fracture"; "occult blood in the stool"

  4. mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, secret, orphic(verb)

    having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

    "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"

  5. eclipse, occult(verb)

    cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention

    "The Sun eclipses the moon today"; "Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"

  6. occult(verb)

    become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished

    "The beam of light occults every so often"

  7. occult(verb)

    hide from view

    "The lids were occulting her eyes"

Wiktionary

  1. occult(Noun)

    Supernatural affairs.

  2. occult(Verb)

    To cover or hide from view.

    The earth occults the moon during a lunar eclipse.

  3. occult(Verb)

    To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.

  4. occult(Adjective)

    Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected

    occult blood loss; occult cancer

  5. occult(Adjective)

    Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.

  6. occult(Adjective)

    Esoteric.

  7. Origin: From occulto.

Freebase

  1. Occult

    The occult is "knowledge of the hidden". In common English usage, occult refers to "knowledge of the paranormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable", usually referred to as science. The term is sometimes taken to mean knowledge that "is meant only for certain people" or that "must be kept hidden", but for most practicing occultists it is simply the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences. The terms esoteric and arcane have very similar meanings, and the three terms are interchangeable. It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, the teachings and practices taught by them, and to a large body of current and historical literature and spiritual philosophy related to this subject.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

occult

supernatural practices, ceremonies etc

He has made a study of witches, magic and the occult.

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