Meaning of OCCULT in English

I. əˈkəlt, ˈäˌkəlt verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin occultare, from occultus, past participle of occulere to cover up

transitive verb

1. : to hide from sight : conceal

the lids lowered again, occulting the old eyes' softened gleam — MacLean's Magazine

if his occulted guilt do not itself unkennel in one speech — Shakespeare

2. : to conceal or extinguish the light of by intervention : eclipse

planets, like stars, may be occulted; but as a planet shows a disk, and does not appear as a mere point, the disappearance is gradual — Patrick Moore

intransitive verb

: to become concealed or to have its light extinguished

the beam of the lighthouse occults at regular intervals

II. adjective

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

1. : deliberately kept hidden : not revealed to others : secret , undisclosed

too occult to be shown to uninitiate eyes — Elinor Wylie

deep subterranean occult jealousy — J.C.Powys

2. : not to be apprehended or understood : demanding more than ordinary perception or knowledge : abstruse , mysterious , recondite

as far as the general public was concerned, the museum was an esoteric, occult place — Aline B. Saarinen

occult matters like nuclear physics, radiation effects and the designing of rockets — Robert Bendiner

the occult properties of the ductless glands — W.R.Inge


a. : hidden from view : not able to be seen : concealed

the silica may appear in crystalline form … or it may remain occult in the groundmass — G.W.Tyrrell

b. archaic : of or relating to lines drawn in dots or meant to be erased

4. : of, relating to, or dealing in matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural agencies or some secret knowledge of them

deals in the occult arts

an occult fortune-teller

5. : not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone

occult carcinoma

occult infection

especially : not present in macroscopic amounts

occult blood in the feces

— compare gross

• oc·cult·ly adverb

III. noun

( -s )

: something mysterious or supernatural — usually used with the

he is a student of the occult

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