[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m]


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

Origin of occultism

First recorded in 1880–85; occult + -ism
Related formsoc·cult·ist, noun, adjective
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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

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

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