- 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)
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
British Dictionary definitions for occult
adjective (ɒˈkʌlt, ˈɒkʌlt)
- of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
- (as noun)the occult