noun, often capitalized
her·me·tism | \ˈhər-mə-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of hermetism 

1a : a system of ideas based on hermetic teachings

b : adherence to or practice of hermetic doctrine

2 : the practice of being hermetically mysterious it is not … willful hermetism, if the message of their art is veiled and indirect— R. J. Goldwater

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hermetist \ˈhər-mə-tist \ noun

First Known Use of hermetism

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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