Adjective "occult" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena.
  1. 'The true faith became perverted into the false practices of the occult.'
  2. 'Nevertheless, Backster has become the darling of several occult, parapsychological and pseudoscientific notions.'
  3. 'Kramer believes some critics are confusing magic with the occult.'
  4. 'What you do need, though, is a penchant for the occult.'
  5. 'This categorisation has to be seen in the context of the place of telepathy and the occult in psychoanalysis.'
  6. 'Is their a distinction between magic and the occult?'
  7. 'Stokes answers that he has also specialized in anthropology, parapsychology and the occult.'
  8. 'It wasn't until Steiner was nearly forty and the 19th century was about to end that he became deeply interested in the occult.'
  9. 'Many of our discussions get deeply involved with the mechanics of magick and the occult.'
  10. 'Is this what happens when amateurs try to dabble in the occult?'


Involving or relating to mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena.
  1. 'a weird occult sensation of having experienced the identical situation before'
  2. 'She even thought that mesmerism and hypnotism were occult arts.'
  3. 'He passionately wanted to revive interest in the occult arts.'
  4. 'It is no accident therefore, that alchemy has been relegated to the margins along with other occult practices.'
  5. 'In addition Spence distinguished between the benevolent occult arts and black magic.'
  6. 'The result is witchcraft practised as an occult art, operating primarily through spells and curses.'
  7. 'Americans have significantly increased their belief in psychic, paranormal and occult phenomena over the past decade, the Gallup Poll notes.'
  8. 'Her plots depend on the occult power of art and the frailty of our ordinary healthy relation to the world.'
  9. 'He was the son of Silken Thomas and as a result of being educated in Italy he came to be recognised as a dabbler in the occult arts.'
  10. 'Both Christian and Jew are forbidden to participate in the occult practices listed in Deuteronomy 18: 10.'
  11. 'I had a grandmother involved in the occult practice of Kabala and that was very dangerous.'
  12. 'That's what is so disappointing about using the Net to organize occult communities.'
  13. 'Since my initiation, very few outside of my Order knew of my initiation or of my occult involvement.'
(of a disease or process) not accompanied by readily discernible signs or symptoms.
  1. 'The authors conclude that low levels of cholesterol may be potential warning signs of occult disease or rapidly declining health.'
  2. 'The systemic features of both entities can mimic occult infection, malignancy, multiple myeloma and connective tissue disease.'
  3. 'Many organisms can cause febrile occult infection in young children.'
  4. 'The cards were rehydrated before testing, which has been shown to increase the sensitivity of occult blood detection.'
  5. 'When compared with endoscopy, faecal occult blood tests detect < 30% of cancers and < 12% of large adenomas.'


Cut off from view by interposing something.
  1. 'Of course, putting it like that it seems as though I'm passing the buck onto a vast occulted primal drive within my psyche.'
  2. 'What is contained within this stylized structure is the occulted truth that is causing the disease of Denmark.'
  3. 'To find the picture's meaning occulted in the thing itself, to discover a structure that will resolve all interpretative debate: these are art history's perennial dreams.'
  4. 'the Moon occults Mars during daylight on March 22'
  5. 'Nineteenth-century astronomers argued over what they saw through their telescopes when the Moon occulted a star.'
  6. 'Alternatively Mercury might pass behind Venus and be occulted.'


1. of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.

2. beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.

3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.

4. hidden from view.

5. not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation. of a nature not understood, as physical qualities. dealing with such qualities; experimental: occult science.

6. Medicine/Medical

More examples(as adjective)

"groups can be occult."

"activities can be occult."

"practices can be occult."

"powers can be occult."

"tumours can be occult."

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Late 15th century (as a verb): from Latin occultare ‘secrete’, frequentative of occulere ‘conceal’, based on celare ‘to hide’; the adjective and noun from occult- ‘covered over’, from the verb occulere.