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
Related formsoc·cult·er, nounoc·cult·ly, adverboc·cult·ness, nounnon·oc·cult, adjectivenon·oc·cult·ing, adjective

Synonyms for occult

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Examples from the Web for occulted

Historical Examples of occulted

  • (Callisto) was occulted by the planet's disc; while Satellite II.

    Astronomy of To-day

    Cecil G. Dolmage

  • Calvisius supposed that the occulted “star” might have been Aldebaran.

  • Mercury is said to have been occulted by Venus in the year 1737.

  • A faintest, tiny blur against the stars, a few of them occulted as though an invisible shadow were upon them.

  • In another moment the higher of the villas that had clambered up the hill from Burdock had occulted the running figure.


British Dictionary definitions for occulted

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 Formsoccultly, 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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Word Origin and History for occulted

occult

adj.

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.

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occulted in Medicine

occult

[ə-kŭlt, ŏkŭlt′]

adj.

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