noun Date: 1881 occult theory or practice ; belief in or study of the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers • occultist noun

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  • Occultism — Oc*cult ism, n. 1. A certain Oriental system of theosophy. A. P. Sinnett. [1913 Webster] 2. Belief in occult powers or in supernatural forces other than the God of traditional religions, such as in magic, necromancy, alchemy, and astrology. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • occultism — index mystery Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • occultism — (n.) 1870, from OCCULT (Cf. occult) + ISM (Cf. ism). Related: Occultist …   Etymology dictionary

  • occultism — [ə kult′iz΄əm] n. 1. belief in occult forces and powers 2. the practice or study of occult arts occultist n …   English World dictionary

  • occultism — occultist, n., adj. /euh kul tiz euhm/, n. 1. belief in the existence of secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies. 2. the study or practice of occult arts. [1880 85; OCCULT + ISM] * * * Theories, practices, and rituals based on esoteric… …   Universalium

  • occultism — occult ► NOUN (the occult) ▪ supernatural beliefs, practices, or phenomena. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the occult. 2) beyond ordinary knowledge or experience; esoteric. 3) Medicine (of a disease or process) present but not readily discernible. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • occultism — noun a) The study of the supernatural b) A belief in occult powers and the hope of controlling them …   Wiktionary

  • Occultism —    See Astrology; Magic …   Historical Dictionary of Renaissance

  • occultism — Synonyms and related words: bodilessness, ghostliness, immateriality, immaterialness, impalpability, imponderability, incorporeality, incorporeity, inextension, intangibility, nonexteriority, occult phenomena, otherworldliness, psychical research …   Moby Thesaurus

  • OCCULTISM —    a modern term used to describe a wide spectrum of BELIEFS and practices which involve RITUAL MAGIC and the practice of various FORMS of SPIRITUALISM. In recent years many OCCULT ideas have merged in the so called NEW AGE MOVEMENT …   Concise dictionary of Religion

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