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occultism

[uh-kuhl-tiz-uh m] /əˈkʌl tɪz əm/
noun
1.
belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies.
2.
the study or practice of occult arts.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; occult + -ism
Related forms
occultist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for occultism

occultism

/ˈɒkʌlˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
belief in and the study and practice of magic, astrology, etc
Derived Forms
occultist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for occultism
n.

1870, from occult + -ism. Related: Occultist.

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