What does occult mean?

Definitions for occult
əˈkʌlt, ˈɒk ʌltoc·cult

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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"


  1. occult(Noun)

    Supernatural affairs.

    Etymology: From occulto.

  2. occult(Verb)

    To cover or hide from view.

    The earth occults the moon during a lunar eclipse.

    Etymology: From occulto.

  3. occult(Verb)

    To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.

    Etymology: From occulto.

  4. occult(Adjective)

    Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected

    occult blood loss; occult cancer

    Etymology: From occulto.

  5. occult(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From occulto.

  6. occult(Adjective)


    Etymology: From occulto.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Occult

    ok-kult′, adj. covered over: escaping observation: hidden: not discovered without test or experiment: secret, unknown, transcending the bounds of natural knowledge.—n. Occultā′tion, a concealing, esp. of one of the heavenly bodies by another: state of being hid.—adj. Occult′ed (Shak.), hidden, secret: (astron.) concealed, as by a body coming between.—ns. Occult′ism, the doctrine or study of things hidden or mysterious—theosophy, &c.; Occult′ist, one who believes in occult things.—adv. Occult′ly.—n. Occult′ness.—Occult sciences, alchemy, astrology, magic, &c. [Fr.,—L. occulĕre, occultum, to hide.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occult in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of occult in a Sentence

  1. Lenny Bruce:

    The thing with Catholicism, the same as all religions, is that it teaches what should be, which seems rather incorrect. This is what should be. Now, if you're taught to live up to a what should be that never existed -- only an occult superstition, no proof of this should be -- then you can sit on a jury and indict easily, you can cast the first stone, you can burn Adolf Eichmann, like that!

  2. Josh Billings:

    Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.

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