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occultism

[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m] /əˈkʌl tɪz əm/
noun
1.
belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies.
2.
the study or practice of occult arts.
Origin of occultism
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; occult + -ism
Related forms
occultist, noun, adjective
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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

occultism

/ˈɒkʌlˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc
Derived Forms
occultist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for occultist

occultism

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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