[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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Examples from the Web for occultist

Historical Examples of occultist

  • Before you have become an occultist, you may do this, but not afterwards.

    Reincarnation and the Law of Karma

    William Walker Atkinson

  • The effect upon the Occultist was instantaneous and overpowering.

  • Some say that to see anything save Him, is polytheism for an Occultist.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher

    Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner

  • Why did not this confession of an occultist fall into my hands before?


    August Strindberg

  • The death of Napoleon affords plenty of material to the imagination of an occultist.


    August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for occultist



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



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

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