What does occult mean?

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əˈkʌlt, ˈɒk ʌltoc·cult

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supernatural, occultnoun

    supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

    "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"

  2. occult, occult artsadjective

    supernatural practices and techniques

    "he is a student of the occult"

  3. occultadjective

    hidden and difficult to see

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

  4. mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, secret, orphicverb

    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, occultverb

    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. occultverb

    become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished

    "The beam of light occults every so often"

  7. occultverb

    hide from view

    "The lids were occulting her eyes"


  1. occultnoun

    Supernatural affairs.

  2. occultverb

    To cover or hide from view.

    The earth occults the moon during a lunar eclipse.

  3. occultverb

    To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.

  4. occultadjective

    Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected

    occult blood loss; occult cancer

  5. occultadjective

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

  6. occultadjective


  7. Etymology: From occulto.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OCCULTadjective

    Secret; hidden; unknown; undiscoverable.

    Etymology: occulte, Fr. occultus, Lat.

    If his occult guilt
    Do not itself unkennel in one speech,
    It is a damned ghost that we have seen. William Shakespeare, Ham.

    An artist will play a lesson on an instrument without minding a stroke; and our tongues will run divisions in a tune not missing a note, even when our thoughts are totally engaged elsewhere: which effects are to be attributed to some secret act of the soul, which to us is utterly occult, and without the ken of our intellects. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. iv.

    These instincts we call occult qualities; which is all one with saying that we do not understand how they work. Roger L'Estrange.

    These are manifest qualities, and their causes only are occult. And the Aristotelians gave the name of occult qualities not to manifest qualities, but to such qualities only as they supposed to lie hid in bodies, and to be the unknown causes of manifest effects. Isaac Newton, Opt.


  1. occult

    The term "occult" refers to any knowledge, practices, or beliefs that are mystical, supernatural, and primarily esoteric or hidden in nature, often associated with spirituality, astrology, alchemy, magic, and paranormal phenomena. It's normally beyond the realm of everyday understanding or ordinary knowledge, commonly linked to religion, spirituality, or pseudoscience.


  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. Zijian Chen:

    We definitely have patients who have mild to no symptoms during a patient's acute infection who then go on to develop long covid, the best we do is to evaluate the patient, and look for occult causes that are not covid. If we do not find another cause, and the covid infection happens relative to when the symptoms begin, we can say that it is likely the infection led to the patient developing symptoms.

  2. Karl Marx:

    Capital is money, capital is commodities.. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or at the least, lays golden eggs.

  3. Josh Billings:

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

  4. 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!



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  • Pat Chipman
    Pat Chipman
    I think the word occult has taken on a shade of evil, propagated by certain religions - as some power greater than God's power. But if it means simply "unknown" how is that any different from God who is actually unknown, yet worshipped by so many? 
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the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
A abandon
B ditch
C concoction
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