Definition of hermetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /həːˈmɛtɪk/


1(Of a seal or closure) complete and airtight: a hermetic seal that ensures perfect waterproofing
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  • It is also likely, as period accounts proposed, that the unusually tight hermetic seal of the four coffins and outer masonry helped to preserve the remains.
  • Electroforms have been used as flexible joints, hermetic seals, electromagnetic shields, and other special functions, and have long provided designers with unusual shapes.
  • The pack's hermetic seal prevents further contamination.
1.1Insulated or protected from outside influences: a hermetic society
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  • Content plays a major role in Irving's music, elements drawn from outside the hermetic confines of the electronica genre.
  • Outside of a fairly hermetic subculture, comic books used to be dismissed as children's fare.
  • Inscrutable and hermetic on the outside, with its rugged, cork-clad walls, the Spanish pavilion conceals a luminous public plaza at its heart.
2 (also Hermetic) Relating to an ancient occult tradition encompassing alchemy, astrology, and theosophy: some saw in the Hermetic texts an anticipation of Christianity
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  • After she resurrects him Isis performs a sexual act, impregnating herself with new life, their hawk headed son Horus, who in alchemy and Hermetic tradition appears to be identified as a Christ-anointed one.
  • The Hermetic tradition, for example, frequently mixes and matches deities from different pantheons, but it does so with a deep understanding of what it's affecting and why.
  • Also, the information was skewed rather heavily towards those those who're from a Hermetic background, or delved into the Western magical traditions.
2.1Difficult to understand because intended for a small number of people with specialized knowledge: obscure and hermetic poems
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  • For the mystic, knowledge is hermetic; it is a secret revealed to only those few who have what it takes.
  • The sense of heritage, of important but often barely visible poetic traditions, becomes almost theological in the depth of assumed knowledges, and hermetic in its collectivity.
  • Fourteen years after his death, the followers of hermetic knowledge received a blow more devastating than anything the Inquisition could deliver to their cause.



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  • Palmer's obliquity should not be misconstrued as cold blood, his hiddenness as hermeticism.
  • This might be understood as a defeatist response to the ideology of ‘difficulty’ and ‘unreadability’, air-brushed by the oxygen of privacy and the pleasing ether of hermeticism.
  • Hair, dirt, footprints and pawprints, trapped in the layer of wax, are testaments to the artist's process - counteracting the elegance and hermeticism that might otherwise dominate.


Mid 17th century (in sense 2): from modern Latin hermeticus, from Hermes, identified with Thoth, regarded as the founder of alchemy and astrology.

Words that rhyme with hermetic

aesthetic (US esthetic), alphabetic, anaesthetic (US anesthetic), antithetic, apathetic, apologetic, arithmetic, ascetic, athletic, balletic, bathetic, cosmetic, cybernetic, diabetic, dietetic, diuretic, electromagnetic, emetic, energetic, exegetic, frenetic, genetic, Helvetic, homiletic, kinetic, magnetic, metic, mimetic, parenthetic, pathetic, peripatetic, phonetic, photosynthetic, poetic, prophetic, prothetic, psychokinetic, splenetic, sympathetic, syncretic, syndetic, synthetic, telekinetic, theoretic, zetetic

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