The Nazi Party actually began as an occult fraternity, before it morphed into a political party.
One engineering school is even promoting a fascinating course on the relationship between the occult and technology.
“occult” literally means “hidden from view,” which is why we use it both in astronomy and to refer to secret knowledge.
The people of Ponchatoula were also left wondering if the occult had anything to do with the crimes.
God alone is in the secret of the energy we expend upon our occult triumphs over man, over things, over ourselves.
I do not mean to say that they did this with any occult or metaphysical motives.
For you they may possess an occult significance of which I know nothing.
"Oh, it's some of that occult rot, I don't doubt," groaned Roger.
The Gauls possessed an occult philosophy, and a mystic religion, which were destroyed by the influences of the Roman Conquest.
Men feel that he is in some occult way different from them, yet they do not know just how.
1530s, "secret, not divulged," from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus "hidden, concealed, secret," past participle of occulere "cover over, conceal," from ob "over" (see ob-) + a verb related to celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- "to hide" (see cell). Meaning "not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding" is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.
occult oc·cult (ə-kŭlt', ŏk'ŭlt')
Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis.
Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms.