occult[ə kult′, ä′kult′]
- The definition of occult is something related to the supernatural or magic.
Chanting magic spells is an example of practices that would be described as occult activities.
- Occult is defined as beliefs in the supernatural or in magic.
An example of the occult is a coven of witches who believe in magic.
A woman dabbling in the occult.
- hidden; concealed
- secret; esoteric
- beyond human understanding; mysterious
- designating or of certain arts, studies, or practices, as magic, alchemy, or astrology, involving mysterious powers that some people believe can affect the way things happen
Origin of occultClassical Latin occultus, concealed, past participle of occulere, to cover over ; from ob- (see ob-) + celare, to hide (see hall)
- to hide or become hidden from view
- Astron. to hide by occultation
- Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural or magical influences, agencies, or occurrences: occult astrological powers.
- Available only to the initiate; secret or mysterious: occult lore. See Synonyms at mysterious.
- Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable: The causes of those phenomena remain occult.
- Hidden from view; concealed: “Hatchlings and juveniles &ellipsis; keep to this occult place through all the seasons” (David M. Carroll).
- a. Medicine Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.b. Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms: occult carcinoma.
verboc·cult·ed, oc·cult·ing, oc·cults
- To conceal or cause to disappear from view.
- Astronomy To conceal by occultation: The moon occulted Mars.
Origin of occultLatin occultus, secret, past participle of occulere, to cover over; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present occults, present participle occulting, simple past and past participle occulted)
(comparative more occult, superlative most occult)
- (usually with the) Supernatural affairs.
From Latin occultō (“hide, keep secret”).