occult


occult
occult (adj.) 1530s, "secret, not divulged," from L. occultus "hidden, concealed, secret," pp. of occulere "cover over, conceal," from ob "over" (see OB- (Cf. ob-)) + a verb related to celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- "to hide" (see CELL (Cf. cell)). Meaning "not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding" is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.

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  • Occult — Oc*cult , a. [L. occultus, p. p. of occulere to cover up, hide; ob (see {Ob }) + a root prob. akin to E. hell: cf. F. occulte.] Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown. [1913 Webster] It is of an occult… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • occult — ► NOUN (the occult) ▪ supernatural beliefs, practices, or phenomena. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the occult. 2) beyond ordinary knowledge or experience; esoteric. 3) Medicine (of a disease or process) present but not readily discernible. ► VERB …   English terms dictionary

  • occult — [ə kult′, ä′kult΄] adj. [L occultus, concealed, pp. of occulere, to cover over < ob (see OB ) + celare, to hide (see HALL)] 1. hidden; concealed 2. secret; esoteric 3. beyond human understanding; mysterious 4. designating or of certa …   English World dictionary

  • Occult — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal Gründung 1990 Auflösung 2005 Website …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Occult — Oc*cult , v. t. To eclipse; to hide from sight. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • occult — index blind (obscure), cloak, covert, elusive, esoteric, hidden, incomprehensible, inexplicable …   Law dictionary

  • occult — esoteric, *recondite, abstruse Analogous words: *mysterious, inscrutable, arcane: mystic, cabalistic, *mystical, anagogic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • occult — [adj] mysterious, secret; supernatural abstruse, acroamatic, arcane, cabalistic, concealed, deep, eerie, esoteric, hermetic, hidden, invisible, magic, magical, mystic, mystical, obscure, orphic, preternatural, profound, psychic, recondite,… …   New thesaurus

  • Occult — For other uses, see Occult (disambiguation). The word occult comes from the Latin word occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to knowledge of the hidden .[1] In the medical sense it is used to refer to a structure or process that is… …   Wikipedia

  • Occult — Hidden. Occult blood is hidden from the eye but is nonetheless present and can be detected by chemical tests. Spina bifida occulta is a hidden defect in the spinal column. * * * 1. Hidden; concealed; not manifest. 2. Denoting a concealed… …   Medical dictionary


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