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[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m] /əˈkʌl tɪz əm/
belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies.
the study or practice of occult arts.
Origin of occultism
First recorded in 1880-85; occult + -ism
Related forms
occultist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for occultist
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  • Before you have become an occultist, you may do this, but not afterwards.

    Reincarnation and the Law of Karma

    William Walker Atkinson
  • The effect upon the occultist was instantaneous and overpowering.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
  • Some say that to see anything save Him, is polytheism for an occultist.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
  • The death of Napoleon affords plenty of material to the imagination of an occultist.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • Why did not this confession of an occultist fall into my hands before?

    Legends August Strindberg
  • Known as "occultist and alchemist," he was also a chemist of some repute.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • Her answer was the putting on of her cloak for a visit to the occultist's parlors.

    Double Trouble

    Herbert Quick
  • The occultist, on the contrary, masters his attention, and controls his imagination.

  • If I remain in Steynholme a week I shall become an occultist.

  • In fact there is perhaps no kind of knowledge for which a use cannot be found in the work of the occultist.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
British Dictionary definitions for occultist


belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc
Derived Forms
occultist, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for occultist



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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