Definition of occult in English:

occult

Syllabification: oc·cult
Pronunciation: /əˈkəlt
 
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noun

(the occult)

adjective

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  • 2 Medicine (Of a disease or process) not accompanied by readily discernible signs or symptoms.
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    • The authors conclude that low levels of cholesterol may be potential warning signs of occult disease or rapidly declining health.
    • The systemic features of both entities can mimic occult infection, malignancy, multiple myeloma and connective tissue disease.
    • Many organisms can cause febrile occult infection in young children.
  • 2.1(Of blood) abnormally present, e.g., in feces, but detectable only chemically or microscopically.
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    • When compared with endoscopy, faecal occult blood tests detect < 30% of cancers and < 12% of large adenomas.
    • A physician could recommend a colonoscopy, fecal occult blood testing, a double-barium enema, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or a general rectal exam.
    • The cards were rehydrated before testing, which has been shown to increase the sensitivity of occult blood detection.

verb

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  • 1Cut off from view by interposing something: a wooden screen designed to occult the competitors
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    • The sound was being occulted by something that passed in front of it with an acoustic masker.
    • The blinding sun has occulted a segment of the river's surface, rendering it opaque to the spectator's eye.
    • 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.
  • 1.1 Astronomy (Of a celestial body) conceal (an apparently smaller body) from view by passing or being in front of it.
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    • Nineteenth-century astronomers argued over what they saw through their telescopes when the Moon occulted a star.
    • Alternatively Mercury might pass behind Venus and be occulted.
    • From parts of northwestern Canada and Alaska, the Moon will actually occult Jupiter.

Derivatives

occultation

Pronunciation: /ˌäkəlˈtāSHən/
noun
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  • This produced a series of occultations and eclipses of and by the satellite, each half-orbit, from 1985 to 1992.
  • It's the tail end of an eclipse or ‘lunar occultation.’
  • I also worked with the Voyager photopolarimeter team that observed stellar occultations of Saturn's rings.

occultism

Pronunciation: /-ˌtizəm/
noun
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  • My second catalyst was also well acquainted with various forms of mysticism, occultism and meditation.
  • The end of the twentieth century was marked by a boom of astrology, mysticism, and occultism in many countries.
  • I thought it might be interesting to look at the concept of ‘the counter culture’ and how it relates to magic and occultism.

occultist

noun
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  • Why do witches, pagans and occultists hold such store by the notion of being ‘boundary breakers’?
  • Randi had for decades used his insider's knowledge of the flim-flam trade to humiliate a generation of occultists.
  • However, it should not be assumed that all young people in Down who listen to metal are drug-crazed occultists.

occultly

adverb
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  • I didn't know you were so occultly tuned.

occultness

noun
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  • Tool will not be moving over for Klaxons, because Klaxons aren't very good musicians and are being painfully gimmicky with their occultness.
  • The occultness and the intrinsic links of both the universe and human beings are incredibly demonstrated.

Origin

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.

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