oc·​cult·​ism ə-ˈkəl-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce occultism (audio)
: occult theory or practice : belief in or study of the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers
ə-ˈkəl-tist How to pronounce occultism (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1990s, Dungeons & Dragons had become wrapped up in the Satanic Panic — railed against by the religious right and seen to be a gateway drug of sorts into occultism. Elisabeth Garber-paul, Rolling Stone, 15 July 2022 Allegedly created by octogenarian Englishman David Myatt in the 1970s, and once confined to the most obscure corners of occultism, O9A ideology has expanded in the internet age. Ali Winston, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2022 The unquestionable evidence of Walter J. Kilner, electrical expert of St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, as given in his book, The Human Atmosphere, should at once set aside any belief that this is a byproduct of occultism or charlatanism. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 23 Feb. 2022 Their approach has also ruffled feathers – members of the community have written complaints to local authorities voicing concern that their approach promotes occultism. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Oct. 2021 Some weird ones, like occultism, shamanism, and various Eastern spiritual paths. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


occult entry 2 + -ism

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of occultism was in 1876

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“Occultism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occultism. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


oc·​cult·​ism ə-ˈkəl-ˌtiz-əm How to pronounce occultism (audio)
: a belief in the action or influence of supernatural powers
occultist noun

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