occultism

[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m]

noun

belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies.
the study or practice of occult arts.

Nearby words

  1. occult blood,
  2. occult fracture,
  3. occult hydrocephalus,
  4. occultation,
  5. occulting light,
  6. occultist,
  7. occupancy,
  8. occupant,
  9. occupation,
  10. occupation franchise

Origin of occultism

First recorded in 1880–85; occult + -ism

Related formsoc·cult·ist, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for occultism

occultism

noun

belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc
Derived Formsoccultist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for occultism

occultism

n.

1870, from occult + -ism. Related: Occultist.

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