the occult


: supernatural powers or practices and the things (such as gods, ghosts, and magic) that are connected with them
He's a student of the occult.
religion, mythology, and the occult

Examples of the occult in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside a former synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Tony Oursler, 67, has built an extensive private collection of historic material related to magic, spirituality and the occult. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Dubow said an interest in the occult, spurred mainly by TV programs, raised interest in goth gardens, while nighttime botanic garden exhibits such as Astra Lumina in places like Los Angeles, Seattle and New York are influencing gardeners to horti-futurism elements. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2024 Rumors have haunted the place for years, its owner a titan of American industry, with a strange fascination in the occult and the paranormal. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The film delves into the then-trendy topic of the occult, adapting Ira Levin’s best-selling novel about a pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) in a stylish Manhattan apartment building who slowly realizes that her husband (John Cassavetes) is in league with the Satanists downstairs. Katie Rife,, 12 Mar. 2024 Beyond minor disagreements, like Ashley’s dog sleeping in their bed, the two have argued about Manuel’s secrecy and whether Ashley will be a part of his children’s lives, as well as her belief in the occult and how explosive reactions. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 Until now, the most effective use of the supernatural was in the debut season, which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and toyed with the occult. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 12 Jan. 2024 Season 1 is undoubtedly the best, a cryptic and chilly serial killer thriller with dashes of the occult and supernatural. Declan Gallagher,, 7 Nov. 2023 Indiana Jones can be called a lot of things — professor of archeology, expert on the occult, obtainer of rare antiquities — but hero is not one of them. Lauren Huff,, 27 June 2023

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“The occult.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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