- made airtight by fusion or sealing.
- not affected by outward influence or power; isolated.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) of, relating to, or characteristic of occult science, especially alchemy.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Hermes Trismegistus or the writings ascribed to him.
Origin of hermetic
Examples from the Web for hermetic
We love to laugh at Kim and Company because it distracts our souls from the horrific reality of their hermetic regime.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
And Demme, by barely indicating the visual presence of the audience until the end, intensifies the closed-off, hermetic feeling.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
The government of Colombia decided to loan the 28,000 square meter fixer-upper to a fraternity of hermetic Benedictine monks.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
It amounted to a surgical replacement of one hermetic elite by another.After the Rain
Detailed exposition of the Hermetic writings will here be impossible.
Certainly it is not so used ordinarily in the Hermetic writings.
“The priests must be hiding the Hermetic wisdom on purpose,” said Lucius.The Tour
At that time Paris was the centre of the hermetic science in France.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
- sealed so as to be airtight
- hidden or protected from the outside world
- of or relating to Hermes Trismegistus or the writings and teachings ascribed to him
- of or relating to ancient science, esp alchemy
- esoteric or recondite
Word Origin and History for hermetic
c.1600 (implied in hermetically), "completely sealed," also (1630s) "dealing with occult science or alchemy," from Latin hermeticus, from Greek Hermes, god of science and art, among other things, identified by Neoplatonists, mystics, and alchemists with the Egyptian god Thoth as Hermes Trismegistos "Thrice-Great Hermes," who supposedly invented the process of making a glass tube airtight (a process in alchemy) using a secret seal.
- Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air.