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The intimacy of occult things isolates also these wise little birds.

I do not mean to say that they did this with any occult or metaphysical motives.

He had neither patience for presentiments nor faith in anything that bordered on the occult.

"Oh, it's some of that occult rot, I don't doubt," groaned Roger.

Men feel that he is in some occult way different from them, yet they do not know just how.

How those in ignorance of occult laws have been led from the moral path.

Some occult power seemed to force the words from my throat against my will.

I have come here solely because the occult has always interested me.

For Adams's objects its value lay chiefly in its occult mechanism.

There is a growing interest in all the occult phenomena to which this work is devoted.

WORD ORIGIN

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- "to hide" (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.

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