Origin of occult

1520–30; < Latin occultus (past participle of occulere to hide from view, cover up), equivalent to oc- oc- + -cul-, akin to cēlāre to conceal + -tus past participle suffix


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British Dictionary definitions for occult


adjective (ɒˈkʌlt, ˈɒkʌlt)

  1. of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
  2. (as noun)the occult
beyond ordinary human understanding
secret or esoteric

verb (ɒˈkʌlt)

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

Derived forms of occult

occultly, adverboccultness, noun

Word Origin for occult

C16: from Latin occultus, past participle of occulere, from ob- over, up + -culere, related to celāre to conceal
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Medical definitions for occult

[ ə-kŭlt, ŏkŭlt′ ]


Hidden; concealed.
Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis.
Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms.
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