occult

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From Latin occultō (hide, keep secret).

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occult (third-person singular simple present occults, present participle occulting, simple past and past participle occulted)

  1. (transitive, astronomy) To cover or hide from view.
    The Earth occults the Moon during a lunar eclipse.
  2. (transitive, rare) To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.

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occult (comparative more occult, superlative most occult)

  1. (medicine) Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected.
    occult blood loss;  occult cancer
    • Isaac Taylor (1787–1865)
      It is of an occult kind, and is so insensible in its advances as to escape observation.
  2. Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.
    Be aware that occult knowledge can be used for good or evil purposes. ― Pao Chang, "Words Are Magic Spells: Why You Practice the Occult Every Day", Omnithought.org
  3. Esoteric.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."

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Noun[edit]

occult (uncountable)

  1. (usually with "the") Supernatural affairs.

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