occult

Dark and mysterious, the occult is a kind of supernatural power or magic. If you see your neighbor chanting over a giant vat of bubbling brew in the middle of the night, there's a chance he's dabbling in the occult.

The word occult has its roots in the Latin occultus, meaning “hidden, secret.” That's why it can also be used as both a noun referring to black magic and an adjective meaning "difficult to see." Quipped the famous physicist Heinz Pagels, “I like to browse in occult bookshops if for no other reason than to refresh my commitment to science.”

Primary Meanings of occult

1.
nadj
supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
2.
vadj
hide from view
hidden and difficult to see
Full Definitions of occult
1

n supernatural forces and events and beings collectively

Synonyms:
supernatural
Type of:
causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n supernatural practices and techniques

“he is a student of the occult
Synonyms:
occult arts
Type of:
pattern, practice
a customary way of operation or behavior

adj having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

occult lore”
Synonyms:
mysterious, mystic, mystical, orphic, secret
esoteric
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
2

v hide from view

“The lids were occulting her eyes”
Type of:
conceal, hold back, hold in
hold back; keep from being perceived by others

v become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished

“The beam of light occults every so often”
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention

“Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies”
Synonyms:
eclipse
Type of:
overshadow
cast a shadow upon

adj hidden and difficult to see

“an occult fracture”
occult blood in the stool”
Synonyms:
invisible, unseeable
impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye

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