Meaning of OCCULT in English

I. ə-ˈkəlt, ä- transitive verb

Etymology: Latin occultare, frequentative of occulere

Date: 1500

: to shut off from view or exposure : cover , eclipse

• oc·cult·er noun

II. ə-ˈkəlt, ä-; ˈä-ˌkəlt adjective

Etymology: Latin occultus, from past participle of occulere to cover up, from ob- in the way + -culere (akin to celare to conceal) — more at ob- , hell

Date: 1533

1. : not revealed : secret

2. : not easily apprehended or understood : abstruse , mysterious

3. : hidden from view : concealed

4. : of or relating to the occult

5. : not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone

occult carcinoma

also : not present in macroscopic amounts

occult blood in a stool

• oc·cult·ly adverb

III. same as 2 noun

Date: 1923

: matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them — used with the

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