- not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation.
- of a nature not understood, as physical qualities.
- dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- occlusion of pupil,
- occlusive dressing,
- occlusive ileus,
- occlusive meningitis,
- occult balance,
- occult blood,
- occult fracture,
- occult hydrocephalus,
Origin of occult
Examples from the Web for occult
“Occult” literally means “hidden from view,” which is why we use it both in astronomy and to refer to secret knowledge.Chariklo, a Minor Planet Nicknamed a “Centaur,” Discovered to Have Rings|Matthew R. Francis|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The people of Ponchatoula were also left wondering if the occult had anything to do with the crimes.The Satanic Child Sex Abuse Case That May Have Inspired ‘True Detective’|Steven Ward|March 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One engineering school is even promoting a fascinating course on the relationship between the occult and technology.
The Nazi Party actually began as an occult fraternity, before it morphed into a political party.Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece|Noah Charney|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Here we all unconsciously eat the lotus in some occult fashion, are straightway bewitched and held willing captives.A Truthful Woman in Southern California|Kate Sanborn
As it was, neither of us had ever heard of occult science, or of the necessity of such a regimen to the perfectionment of faculty.
He had neither patience for presentiments nor faith in anything that bordered on the occult.Rim o' the World|B. M. Bower
Either this, or the champagne, or some occult influence, had an extraordinary effect upon him.Democracy An American Novel|Henry Adams
Their gains are occult curses; comfortless loss their truest blessing; failure and pain Nature's only mercy to them.Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne|John Ruskin
adjective (ɒˈkʌlt, ˈɒkʌlt)
- of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
- (as noun)the occult
Word Origin for occult
1530s, "secret, not divulged," from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus "hidden, concealed, secret," past participle of occulere "cover over, conceal," from ob "over" (see ob-) + a verb related to celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- "to hide" (see cell). Meaning "not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding" is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.