Definition of Occult

1. Noun. Supernatural forces and events and beings collectively. "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"

Exact synonyms: Supernatural
Generic synonyms: Causal Agency, Causal Agent, Cause
Member holonyms: Spiritual Being, Supernatural Being
Terms within: Theurgy, Destiny, Fate
Derivative terms: Supernatural

2. Verb. Cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention. "Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"
Exact synonyms: Eclipse
Generic synonyms: Overshadow
Derivative terms: Eclipse

3. Adjective. Hidden and difficult to see. "Occult blood in the stool"
Similar to: Invisible, Unseeable

4. Noun. Supernatural practices and techniques. "He is a student of the occult"
Exact synonyms: Occult Arts
Generic synonyms: Pattern, Practice

5. Verb. Become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished. "The beam of light occults every so often"
Generic synonyms: Change

6. Adjective. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding. "The secret learning of the ancients"
Exact synonyms: Mysterious, Mystic, Mystical, Orphic, Secret
Similar to: Esoteric
Derivative terms: Mystery, Mystic, Mystic

7. Verb. Hide from view. "The lids were occulting her eyes"
Generic synonyms: Conceal, Hold Back, Hold In

Definition of Occult

1. a. Hidden from the eye or the understanding; inviable; secret; concealed; unknown.

2. v. t. To eclipse; to hide from sight.

Definition of Occult

1. Verb. (transitive astronomy) To cover or hide from view. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive rare) To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate. ¹

3. Adjective. (medicine) Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected ¹

4. Adjective. Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology. ¹

5. Adjective. Esoteric. ¹

6. Noun. (qualifier usually with '''the''') Supernatural affairs. ¹

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Definition of Occult

1. to conceal [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: conceal

Medical Definition of Occult

1. Obscure, concealed from observation, difficult to understand. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Occult

occlusive dressing
occlusive dressings
occlusive ileus
occlusive meningitis
occulomotor nerve
occult (current term)
occult arts
occult bleeding
occult blood
occult border of nail
occult carcinoma
occult fracture
occult hydrocephalus

Literary usage of Occult

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lectures on Jurisprudence: Or, The Philosophy of Positive Law by John Austin, Sarah Austin (1873)
"Status an occult ,(|uality (Modern civilians). ... The definition (it is manifest) is merely a case of the once current jargon about occult qualities. ..."

2. A Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire (1824)
"occult qualities have, for a very long time, been much derided: it would be ... You know nothing about it, and the cause will be eternally occult to you. ..."

3. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"WORKS RELATING TO THE occult SCIENCES, ANIMAL MAGNETISM, SPIRITISM, ... The occult Sciences, A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Practice. ..."

4. Primitive Culture: Researches Into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy by Edward Burnett Tylor (1871)
"occult Sciences—Magical powers attributed by higher to lower races—Magical processes ... Looking at occult Science from this ethnographic point of view, ..."

5. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1891)
"The above are three of the numbers of LOVELL'S occult SERIES. ... Among occult works of absorbing interest, where truth, philosophy and the highest thought ..."

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