Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
  • adj. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.
  • adj. Available only to the initiate; secret: occult lore. See Synonyms at mysterious.
  • adj. Hidden from view; concealed.
  • adj. Medicine Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.
  • adj. Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms: occult carcinoma.
  • n. Occult practices or techniques: a student of the occult.
  • transitive v. To conceal or cause to disappear from view.
  • transitive v. Astronomy To conceal by occultation: The moon occulted Mars.
  • intransitive v. To become concealed or extinguished at regular intervals: a lighthouse beacon that occults every 45 seconds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cover or hide from view.
  • v. To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.
  • adj. Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected
  • adj. Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.
  • adj. Esoteric.
  • n. Supernatural affairs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown.
  • transitive v. To eclipse; to hide from sight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not apparent upon mere inspection, nor deducible from what is so apparent, but discoverable only by experimentation; relating to what is thus undiscoverable by mere inspection: opposed to manifest.
  • Mysterious; transcendental; beyond the bounds of natural knowledge.
  • Synonyms Latent, Covert, etc. (see secret), unrevealed, recondite, abstruse, veiled, shrouded, mystic, cabalistic.
  • To cut off from view by the intervention of another body; hide; conceal; eclipse.
  • To undergo occultation; be hidden or concealed, as a star or the intermittent beam of light from a lighthouse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
  • v. cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention
  • adj. hidden and difficult to see
  • n. supernatural practices and techniques
  • v. hide from view
  • adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
  • v. become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished

Etymologies

Latin occultus, secret, past participle of occulere, to cover over; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin occultō ("hide, keep secret"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    Practical Grammar and Composition

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  • Astronomers refer to this phenomenon as an "occultation," taken from the Latin word occultÄre, which means "to conceal."

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  • Even nowadays, the following injunction may be found in occult schools: “know, dare, do, and be silent.”

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  • Although the theme of enlightenment vs. occult is ... okay, there I go, being too close to the material again.

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  • The arcanum "could have happened", basically, if we believe in occult systems which transcend the laws of nature.

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  • Lowdown: The occult is a grace note in this cynical whodunit, juicy with periodic detail.

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  • While this was occurring, there were studies, as Anisomov has written regarding using mind control and brainwashing to make persons happy in occult thinking which evolved into more heresy in ritual and other ideas, basically after years of these studies, having the effect of turning everyone into the mindless, the sexual slaves and Abu Gharib criminals who enjoy sexual crimes, mass murder, and even many like Jeffrey Dahmer, cannibalistic.

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  • This slushiness, like his sporadic interest in spiritualism and the occult, is of exactly the sort that he was best at lampooning — most especially in the Princess Diana — like person of Madeleine Bassett, a ghastly girl who thinks that the stars are God's daisy-chain.

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