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occult

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verb oc·cult \ə-ˈkəlt, ä-\

Definition of occult

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shut off from view or exposure :  cover, eclipse the light of a star that was about to be occulted … by Uranus itself — Jonathan Eberhart

occulter

noun

Examples of occult in a Sentence

  1. occulted their house from prying eyes by planting large trees around it

  2. the actor's private life had long been occulted by a contrived public persona

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Origin and Etymology of occult

Latin occultare, frequentative of occulere


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occult

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adjective oc·cult \ə-ˈkəlt, ä-; ˈä-ˌkəlt\

Definition of occult

  1. 1 :  not revealed :  secret deep subterranean occult jealousy — J. C. Powys

  2. 2 :  not easily apprehended or understood :  abstruse, mysterious occult matters like nuclear physics, radiation effects and the designing of rockets — Robert Bendiner

  3. 3 :  hidden from view :  concealed occult underground passages

  4. 4 :  of or relating to the occult … the occult arts—astrology, palmistry, card reading … — Amy Fine Collins occult practices

  5. 5 :  not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone occult carcinoma; also :  not present in macroscopic amounts occult blood in a stool

occultly

adverb

Examples of occult in a Sentence

  1. occult practices such as magic and fortune-telling

  2. He began to believe he had occult powers.

Origin and Etymology of occult

Latin occultus, from past participle of occulere to cover up, from ob- in the way + -culere (akin to celare to conceal) — more at ob-, hell


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occult

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noun oc·cult \ə-ˈkəlt, ä-; ˈä-ˌkəlt\

Definition of occult

  1. :  matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them —used with the

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First Known Use of occult

1888


OCCULT Defined for English Language Learners

occult

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adjective

Definition of occult for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to supernatural powers or practices


Medical Dictionary

occult

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adjective oc·cult \ə-ˈkəlt, ˈäk-ˌəlt\

Medical Definition of occult

  1. :  not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone occult carcinoma; also :  not present in macroscopic amounts occult blood in a stool specimen fecal occult blood testing—compare gross 1b





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