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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 of occultism
1880-1885
1880-85; occult + -ism
Related forms
occultist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for occultist
Historical Examples
  • The death of Napoleon affords plenty of material to the imagination of an occultist.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • In fact there is perhaps no kind of knowledge for which a use cannot be found in the work of the occultist.

    Clairvoyance Charles Webster Leadbeater
  • Why did not this confession of an occultist fall into my hands before?

    Legends August Strindberg
  • The occultist always seizes upon that citation to refute the scientist.

  • In a sympathetic environment of this kind the occultist flourished and displayed the impressive insignia of exclusive wisdom.

  • The man's voice reached her again, filled her mind with amazing resistance—so that the point of the occultist's will was broken.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • The outer conduct of an occultist should be in accordance with the mental capacity of the people surrounding him.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner
  • Eliphas Lévi was the pseudonym of the celebrated nineteenth-century occultist the Abbé Constant.

  • To the occultist it will supply the mystic key for which he has been so long earnestly seeking.

    Within the Temple of Isis Belle M. Wagner
  • “Unhappy trifler, you will regret your selfishness,” murmured the occultist, less in anger than sorrow.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for occultist

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 occultist

occultism

n.

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

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