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[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m]
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  1. belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies.
  2. the study or practice of occult arts.
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Origin of occultism

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

fascination, illusion, wizardry, occult, voodoo, necromancy, foreboding, augury, prediction, incantation, divination, astrology, trickery, thaumaturgy, witchcraft, alchemy, allurement, presage, soothsaying, power

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Historical Examples of occultism

  • I am no believer in occultism, but there are premonitions which one cannot deny.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930


  • But occultism has more than this to teach us on the subject.


    Charles Webster Leadbeater

  • How can one tell but that all occultism is merely unknown science?

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings

  • From the standpoint of occultism there is no dead force and no dead matter.

  • Including a study of the chief points of psychotherapeutics and occultism.

British Dictionary definitions for occultism


  1. belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc
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Derived Formsoccultist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for occultism


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

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