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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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