Week 5) a signed copy of The Princess of Las Pulgas
|O is for Occult|
“oc·cult [əˈkəlt] n. Occult practices or techniques: a student of the occult. v. To conceal or cause to disappear from view. adj. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
Synonyms: n: supernatural, v: eclipse, adj: mystic, orphic, mysterious, mystical, secret
Etymology: 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- “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.
Isn’t that one interesting? To be perfectly honest, I had no idea it could also be a verb.”
Me either! So I learned something from this post.