Definition: Occult

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Latin occultus (hidden, secret).


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

  1. (astronomy) To cover or hide from view.
    The Earth occults the Moon during a lunar eclipse.


occult (comparative more occult, superlative most occult)

  1. (medicine) Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected.
    occult blood loss; occult cancer
  2. Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.
  3. Esoteric.

Derived terms

  • occult line


occult (uncountable)

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

Related terms

  • occultation
  • occultive


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