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occult

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From Latin occultō (hide, keep secret).

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

  1. (transitive, astronomy) To cover or hide from view.
    The earth occults the moon during a lunar eclipse.
  2. (transitive, rare) To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.

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AdjectiveEdit

occult (comparative more occult, superlative most occult)

  1. (medicine) Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected
    occult blood loss;   occult cancer
    • I. Taylor
      It is of an occult kind, and is so insensible in its advances as to escape observation.
  2. Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set:
      “I never understood it,” she observed, lightly scornful. “What occult meaning has a sun-dial for a spooney ? I’m sure I don't want to read riddles into a strange gentleman’s optics.”
  3. Esoteric.

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NounEdit

occult (uncountable)

  1. (usually with the) Supernatural affairs.

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