Definition of occult adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈkʌlt//
    , also BrE//ˈɒkʌlt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌlt//
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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with magic powers and things that cannot be explained by reason or science synonym supernatural occult practices
  2. 2the occult noun [singular] everything connected with occult practices, etc. He's interested in witchcraft and the occult.
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: occult