Definition of occult in English:

occult

noun

the occult
  • Supernatural, mystical, or magical beliefs, practices, or phenomena.

    ‘a secret society to study alchemy and the occult’
    • ‘It is not known to have any occult powers, however.’
    • ‘Stokes answers that he has also specialized in anthropology, parapsychology and the occult.’
    • ‘They acted in a way that seemed to confirm the Christian identification of pagan cult with sorcery and the occult.’
    • ‘Is this what happens when amateurs try to dabble in the occult?’
    • ‘Is their a distinction between magic and the occult?’
    • ‘No limit can be set to the forms of deception practised in the occult.’
    • ‘It had a large section devoted to books about the paranormal and the occult.’
    • ‘About ten or fifteen years ago when I was starting on my path, I was drawn to all aspects of the occult.’
    • ‘Actually, I suspect it is really about religion, in the same way that Tropic of Night was about black magic or voodoo or the occult.’
    • ‘There she created her own brand of Surrealism, bringing to it a passion for alchemy, mysticism and the occult.’
    • ‘It wasn't until Steiner was nearly forty and the 19th century was about to end that he became deeply interested in the occult.’
    • ‘This was later altered to mean ‘witch’ or ‘magician’ for the people who practiced the occult.’
    • ‘For many, they have viewed it with suspicion, as though it bordered on the occult.’
    • ‘They show Antin's growing passion for mysticism and the occult.’
    • ‘The true faith became perverted into the false practices of the occult.’
    • ‘Many of our discussions get deeply involved with the mechanics of magick and the occult.’
    • ‘What you do need, though, is a penchant for the occult.’
    • ‘Kramer believes some critics are confusing magic with the occult.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, Backster has become the darling of several occult, parapsychological and pseudoscientific notions.’
    • ‘This categorisation has to be seen in the context of the place of telepathy and the occult in psychoanalysis.’
    the supernatural, the paranormal, supernaturalism, magic, black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, wizardry, the black arts, kabbalah, cabbalism, occultism, diabolism, devil worship, devilry, voodoo, hoodoo, white magic, witchery, witching, orenda, mysticism
    makutu
    theurgy
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adjective

  • 1Of, involving, or relating to supernatural, mystical, or magical powers or phenomena.

    ‘a follower of occult practices similar to voodoo’
    1. 1.1 Beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or experience; mysterious.
      ‘a weird occult sensation of having experienced the identical situation before’
      • ‘The regulation bans any direct or indirect promotion through radio or television of occult practices.’
      • ‘In addition Spence distinguished between the benevolent occult arts and black magic.’
      • ‘I had a grandmother involved in the occult practice of Kabala and that was very dangerous.’
      • ‘The genuine seekers of truth will receive the spiritual awakening not by psychedelic drugs nor by occult practices.’
      • ‘The result is witchcraft practised as an occult art, operating primarily through spells and curses.’
      • ‘I am often thankful that I started studying/practicing Zen shortly before I began studying/practicing various occult traditions.’
      • ‘As Thomson relates, film began as an occult, slightly shady art, played in flickering lights often in the bad part of town.’
      • ‘He was the son of Silken Thomas and as a result of being educated in Italy he came to be recognised as a dabbler in the occult arts.’
      • ‘Leading members of the society visited India and other parts of Asia to study mystical teachings and seek out occult phenomena.’
      • ‘I have a doctorate in religious philosophy as well as the occult arts so I know a lot about different religions.’
      • ‘Both Christian and Jew are forbidden to participate in the occult practices listed in Deuteronomy 18: 10.’
      • ‘Seeking ‘higher levels of consciousness’ may instead bring devotees face to face with evil spirits through occult practices.’
      • ‘Her plots depend on the occult power of art and the frailty of our ordinary healthy relation to the world.’
      • ‘She even thought that mesmerism and hypnotism were occult arts.’
      • ‘From her he had inherited his mysticism and his occult powers.’
      • ‘Americans have significantly increased their belief in psychic, paranormal and occult phenomena over the past decade, the Gallup Poll notes.’
      • ‘Plus I will be putting together two galleries, one of designs I have done for specific people, and another of occult tattoo flash art.’
      • ‘He passionately wanted to revive interest in the occult arts.’
      • ‘It is no accident therefore, that alchemy has been relegated to the margins along with other occult practices.’
      • ‘The Allies raid the camp where the occult ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon has already been conjured.’
      supernatural, magic, magical, mystical, mystic, paranormal, psychic, necromantic, preternatural, transcendental
      secret, hidden, dark, concealed, veiled, invisible, obscure, recondite, cryptic, arcane, abstruse, esoteric, cabbalistic
      inexplicable, unexplainable, unfathomable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, unrevealed, puzzling, perplexing, mystifying, mysterious, enigmatic, hermetic
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    2. 1.2 Communicated only to the initiated; esoteric.
      ‘the typically occult language of the time’
      • ‘Goddess worship is a key component in most esoteric - or what came to be known as occult - traditions.’
      • ‘Since my initiation, very few outside of my Order knew of my initiation or of my occult involvement.’
      • ‘Every culture has its avant-garde, and every avant-garde has its own occult language.’
      • ‘That's what is so disappointing about using the Net to organize occult communities.’
  • 2Medicine
    (of a disease or process) not accompanied by readily discernible signs or symptoms.

    • ‘The authors conclude that low levels of cholesterol may be potential warning signs of occult disease or rapidly declining health.’
    • ‘What investigations might prove useful as screening tests for occult cancers?’
    • ‘Many organisms can cause febrile occult infection in young children.’
    • ‘The systemic features of both entities can mimic occult infection, malignancy, multiple myeloma and connective tissue disease.’
    • ‘It is also possible that some cases of ‘idiopathic’ pneumonia actually represent episodes of occult infection.’
    1. 2.1 (of blood) abnormally present, e.g., in feces, but detectable only chemically or microscopically.
      • ‘The cards were rehydrated before testing, which has been shown to increase the sensitivity of occult blood detection.’
      • ‘Stahnke underwent a fecal occult blood test, a colonoscopy, a computerized tomography scan of her abdomen and a colonic transit study.’
      • ‘A physician could recommend a colonoscopy, fecal occult blood testing, a double-barium enema, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or a general rectal exam.’
      • ‘When compared with endoscopy, faecal occult blood tests detect < 30% of cancers and < 12% of large adenomas.’
      • ‘The presence of occult blood in the stool may be a sign of neoplasms or esophagitis.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Cut off from view by interposing something.

    ‘a wooden screen designed to occult the competitors’
    • ‘Of course, putting it like that it seems as though I'm passing the buck onto a vast occulted primal drive within my psyche.’
    • ‘The sound was being occulted by something that passed in front of it with an acoustic masker.’
    • ‘He presented core themes of his philosophy in the form of an exposition of occulted truths contained in the first book of Genesis.’
    • ‘To find the picture's meaning occulted in the thing itself, to discover a structure that will resolve all interpretative debate: these are art history's perennial dreams.’
    • ‘What is contained within this stylized structure is the occulted truth that is causing the disease of Denmark.’
    • ‘The blinding sun has occulted a segment of the river's surface, rendering it opaque to the spectator's eye.’
    1. 1.1Astronomy (of a celestial body) conceal (an apparently smaller body) from view by passing or being in front of it.
      • ‘Alternatively Mercury might pass behind Venus and be occulted.’
      • ‘With an occulting disk obscuring the Sun, an artificial eclipse would be produced.’
      • ‘Nineteenth-century astronomers argued over what they saw through their telescopes when the Moon occulted a star.’
      • ‘In daylight on the 25th, the planet is occulted by a slender crescent Moon.’
      • ‘From parts of northwestern Canada and Alaska, the Moon will actually occult Jupiter.’

Origin

Late 15th century (as a verb): from Latin occultare secrete frequentative of occulere conceal based on celare to hide; the adjective and noun from occult- covered over from the verb occulere.

Pronunciation:

occult

/əˈkəlt/