- of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.
- beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.
- secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.
- hidden from view.
- (in early science)
- not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation.
- of a nature not understood, as physical qualities.
- dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science.
- Medicine/Medical. present in amounts too small to be visible: a chemical test to detect occult blood in the stool.
- the supernatural or supernatural agencies and affairs considered as a whole (usually preceded by the).
- occult studies or sciences (usually preceded by the).
- to block or shut off (an object) from view; hide.
- Astronomy. to hide (a celestial body) by occultation.
- to become hidden or shut off from view.
Origin of occult
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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
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’
March 7, 2014
One engineering school is even promoting a fascinating course on the relationship between the occult and technology.Fall's Hottest College Courses
Josh Dzieza, Daniel D'Addario
September 6, 2010
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
December 21, 2013
The intimacy of occult things isolates also these wise little birds.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
I do not mean to say that they did this with any occult or metaphysical motives.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
He had neither patience for presentiments nor faith in anything that bordered on the occult.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
"Oh, it's some of that occult rot, I don't doubt," groaned Roger.The Forbidden Trail
Men feel that he is in some occult way different from them, yet they do not know just how.The Love Affairs of an Old Maid
- of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
- (as noun)the occult
- beyond ordinary human understanding
- secret or esoteric
- astronomy (of a celestial body) to hide (another celestial body) from view by occultation or (of a celestial body) to become hidden by occultation
- to hide or become hidden or shut off from view
- (intr) (of lights, esp in lighthouses) to shut off at regular intervals
Word Origin and History 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.
- Hidden; concealed.
- Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis.
- Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms.