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1. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural or magical influences, agencies, or occurrences: occult astrological powers.
2. Available only to the initiate; secret or mysterious: occult lore. See Synonyms at mysterious.
3. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable: The causes of those phenomena remain occult.
4. Hidden from view; concealed: "Hatchlings and juveniles ... keep to this occult place through all the seasons" (David M. Carroll).
a. Medicine Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.
b. Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms: occult carcinoma.
Occult practices or techniques: a student of the occult.
v. (ə-kŭlt′) oc·cult·ed, oc·cult·ing, oc·cults
1. To conceal or cause to disappear from view.
2. Astronomy To conceal by occultation: The moon occulted Mars.
To become concealed or extinguished at regular intervals: a lighthouse beacon that occults every 45 seconds.
[Latin occultus, secret, past participle of occulere, to cover over; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]
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a. of or characteristic of magical, mystical, or supernatural arts, phenomena, or influences
b. (as noun): the occult.
2. beyond ordinary human understanding
3. secret or esoteric
4. (Astronomy) astronomy (of a celestial body) to hide (another celestial body) from view by occultation or (of a celestial body) to become hidden by occultation
5. to hide or become hidden or shut off from view
6. (intr) (of lights, esp in lighthouses) to shut off at regular intervals
[C16: from Latin occultus, past participle of occulere, from ob- over, up + -culere, related to celāre to conceal]
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oc•cult(əˈkʌlt, ˈɒk ʌlt)
1. of or pertaining to any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies.
2. beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding.
3. secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated.
4. hidden from view.
5. Med. not readily detectable, esp. at the place of origin: occult bleeding.n.
6. the occult, the supernatural, or supernatural agencies and affairs considered as a whole.v.t.
7. to block or shut off (an object) from view; hide.
8. to hide (a celestial body) by occultation.v.i.
9. to become hidden or shut off from view.
[1520–30; < Latin occultus, past participle of occulere to hide from view =oc- oc- + -culere, akin to cēlāre to conceal]
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Past participle: occulted
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1. Magical or hidden. Supernatural or mystical happenings or acts which do not form part of a recognized religion. Witchcraft, divination, magic, Satanism are all considered to be part of the occult.
2. The occult is the realm of magic and the supernatural, or any knowledge or practices involved in this.
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|Noun||1.||occult - supernatural forces and events and beings collectively; "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"|
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
theurgy - the effect of supernatural or divine intervention in human affairs
|2.||occult - supernatural practices and techniques; "he is a student of the occult"|
|Verb||1.||occult - cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention; "The Sun eclipses the moon today"; "Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"|
overshadow - cast a shadow upon; "The tall tree overshadowed the house"
|2.||occult - become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished; "The beam of light occults every so often"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
|3.||occult - hide from view; "The lids were occulting her eyes"|
|Adj.||1.||occult - hidden and difficult to see; "an occult fracture"; "occult blood in the stool"|
|2.||occult - having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"|
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
adj → occulte
the occult → l'occulte
the occult → l'occulte
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
1. adj → occulto/a
2. n the occult → l'occulto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
occult(əˈkalt) : the occult
supernatural practices, ceremonies etc. He has made a study of witches, magic and the occult. okkultisme السِّحْر والتَّنْجيم таен oculto okultní vědy der Okkultismus det okkulte απόκρυφος, μυστικιστικός oculto salateadus پژوهش های مربوط به علوم اسرار آمیز و نهفته okkultistinen le surnaturel, les sciences occultes מַאגִי जादू-टोना okultizam okkult (praktikák) ilmu gaib yfirskilvitlegur; dulspeki occulto オカルト 초자연적인 것 okultizmas okultisms ghaib het occulte det overnaturlige; okkultokultyzm د رازونو او سحر زدكړه oculto ştiinţele oculte, supranaturalul оккультизм okultizmus okultne vede mistika ockult, magisk: det ockulta, ockulta ting เกี่ยวกับเวทมนตร์ gizem bilimi; büyücülük 神秘的，超自然的 окультні науки مافوق الفطرت sự huyền bí 神秘的，超自然的
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a. oculto-a, desconocido-a; escondido-a.
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