OCCULTISM


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. 2012.

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


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