英 [ɒ'kʌlt; 'ɒkʌlt]
- adj. 神秘的；超自然的；难以理解的
- vt. 掩蔽
- n. 神秘学
- vi. 被掩蔽
- occult:  Something that is occult is etymologically ‘hidden’. The word comes from the past participle of Latin occulere ‘hide’, a compound verb formed from the prefix ob- and an unrecorded *celere, a relative of cēlāre ‘hide’ (which forms the second syllable of English conceal). When English acquired it, it still meant broadly ‘secret, hidden’ (‘Metals are nothing else but the earth’s hid and occult plants’, John Maplet, Green Forest 1567), a sense preserved in the derived astronomical term occultation ‘obscuring of one celestial body by another’ .
The modern associations with supernatural mysteries did not begin to emerge until the 17th century.
=> cell, conceal, hall, hell
- occult (adj.)
- 1530s, "secret, not divulged," from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus "hidden, concealed, secret," past participle of occulere "cover over, conceal," from ob "over" (see ob-) + a verb related to celare "to hide," from PIE root *kel- (2) "to cover, conceal" (see cell). Meaning "not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding" is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.
- 1. He's interested in witchcraft and the occult.
- 2. Were not all things charged with occult virtues?
- 3. He and the black - leather fellow looked very occult.
- 4. Astrology and alchemy are occult sciences.
- 5. He was a student of the occult.
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