Occult meaning

ə-kŭlt, ŏkŭlt
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.

adjective
1
0
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.

noun
1
0
Hidden from view; concealed.
adjective
1
2
Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural or magical influences, agencies, or occurrences.

Occult astrological powers.

adjective
0
0
Occult practices or techniques.

A student of the occult.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
To conceal or cause to disappear from view.
verb
0
0
To conceal by occultation.

The moon occulted Mars.

verb
0
0
To become concealed or extinguished at regular intervals.

A lighthouse beacon that occults every 45 seconds.

verb
0
0
Hidden; concealed.
adjective
0
0
Secret; esoteric.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Beyond human understanding; mysterious.
adjective
0
0
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.
adjective
0
0
To hide or become hidden from view.
verb
0
0
To hide by occultation.
verb
0
0
Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms.

Occult carcinoma.

adjective
0
0
(astronomy) To cover or hide from view.

The earth occults the moon during a lunar eclipse.

verb
0
0
(rare) To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.
verb
0
0
(medicine) Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected.

Occult blood loss; occult cancer.

adjective
0
0
Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
adjective
0
0
(usually with the) Supernatural affairs.
noun
0
0
Available only to the initiate; secret or mysterious.

Occult lore.

adjective
0
1
Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.

The causes of those phenomena remain occult.

adjective
0
1
the occult
  • The occult arts or studies.
idiom
0
0
Advertisement

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the occult

Origin of occult

  • Latin occultus secret past participle of occulere to cover over kel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin occultō (“hide, keep secret").

    From Wiktionary