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[ok-si-duh nt]
  1. the Occident,
    1. the West; the countries of Europe and America.
    2. Western Hemisphere.
  2. (lowercase) the west; the western regions.
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Origin of Occident

Middle English < Middle French < Latin occident- (stem of occidēns) present participle of occidere to fall, (of the sun) to set, equivalent to oc- oc- + cid- (combining form of cadere to fall) + -ent- -ent
Can be confusedaccident Occident
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Examples from the Web for occident

Historical Examples

  • His soul was of the Orient, but his brain was of the Occident.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • Difference in the Religions of the Orient and the Occident, 20.

  • We do shine on occasions, we people of the Occident, but the Burmese shine all the time.

  • A woman is not ashamed to be a widow in the Occident, but she may well be so in India.


    William Graham Sumner

  • In comparison with the others he is the Returner through the Occident.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

British Dictionary definitions for occident


  1. a literary or formal word for west Compare orient
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin occidere to fall, go down (with reference to the setting sun); see occasion


noun the Occident
  1. the countries of Europe and America
  2. the western hemisphere
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Word Origin and History for occident



late 14c., "western part" (of the heavens or earth), from Old French occident (12c.) or directly from Latin occidentem (nominative occidens) "western sky, sunset, part of the sky in which the sun sets," noun use of adjective meaning "setting," from present participle of occidere "fall down, go down" (see occasion (n.)).

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