oc·​cult·​ism | \ ə-ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce occultism (audio) , ä-; ˈä-ˌkəl- \

Definition of occultism

: occult theory or practice : belief in or study of the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers

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Other Words from occultism

occultist \ ə-​ˈkəl-​tist How to pronounce occultism (audio) , ä-​ ; ˈä-​ˌkəl-​ \ noun

Examples of occultism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like most things in John Constantine's world, K-Mag comes complete with a sinister dose of occultism in his own right. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Oct. 2019 By 1960, anyway, the Surrealists were fishing in the murky waters of occultism, and the scientifically minded Oulipians had more than one reason to want to distance themselves. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019 The occultism is omnipresent, and the movie is less interested in scaring the pants off of you than in constantly nudging you about how near to your own reality this whole scenario seems to be. Dylan Scott, Vox, 19 Oct. 2018 Cult leader and convicted killer Charles Manson, who died on Sunday (Nov. 19) at the age of 83, built his own perverse mythology upon a foundation of occultism, race war conspiracy theories and, ultimately, murder. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2017 This year, however, Halloween may actually get a little too spooky: The moon in Pisces highlights your eighth house, the area of your chart that governs death, occultism, and things that go bump in the night. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 30 Oct. 2017 The items acquired by the museum included a walnut table, a Burmese chest in which Yeats stored manuscripts, a series of Japanese masks, and a collection of objects that show the influence of occultism and spiritualism on Yeats’s work. Anna Codrea-rado, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2017 Cotterill has a gift for tempering bad stuff — specifically, the baffling and chaotic political climate of communism circa 1980 — with gently ironic humor and frequent doses of slightly kooky occultism. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, 3 Sep. 2017 Historian Eric Kurlander has recently written a book that takes Nazi occultism seriously: Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of occultism

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for occultism

occult entry 2 + -ism

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“Occultism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occultism. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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: the belief in or study of supernatural powers

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