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occultism

[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m]
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noun
  1. belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies.
  2. the study or practice of occult arts.
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Origin of occultism

First recorded in 1880–85; occult + -ism
Related formsoc·cult·ist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for occultism

Historical Examples

  • I am no believer in occultism, but there are premonitions which one cannot deny.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930

    Various

  • But occultism has more than this to teach us on the subject.

    Clairvoyance

    Charles Webster Leadbeater

  • How can one tell but that all occultism is merely unknown science?

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings

  • From the standpoint of occultism there is no dead force and no dead matter.

  • Including a study of the chief points of psychotherapeutics and occultism.


British Dictionary definitions for occultism

occultism

noun
  1. belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc
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Derived Formsoccultist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for occultism

n.

1870, from occult + -ism. Related: Occultist.

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