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In older writings, "occult" is also used to mean "hidden"  or "mysterious".
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  • he is a student of the occult
  • She claims that millions of Americans dabble in the occult.
  • in Thailand occult beliefs are common
  • She went by the name of Hester, was into the occult, and would leave a trail of charms and feathered trinkets made of chicken bones.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • She carries the usual periodicals, creased magazines of home and health and lifestyle, but the books are mostly crime novels and stories of the strange and the occult, all of which soft-spoken Veronica, it seems, has chosen for her selections.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • At our several get-togethers since then it had given me great pleasure to help interpret Faulkner for Sophie, not only by way of explaining parts of the occult Mississippi vernacular but in showing her some of the right pathways as she penetrated the wonderful groves and canebrakes of his rhetoric.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Perhaps it was an attitude they shared, a pragmatism that regarded the occult as merely a collection of phenomena like the weather.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The small ghostly moon above the bell gables was so tiny it looked like the moon of a different planet, hazed and occult, spooky clouds lit with just the barest tinge of blue and brown.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • With this one, all the forces of nature that are occult and deep and strong must have worked together in some wonderous way.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I began to think of genii, sylphs, gnomes, in short, of all the ministers of the occult sciences, until I laughed aloud at the freaks of my own imagination.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • The near-occult feeling: The fact of being witness to the end of the world gives way to tangible things.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The pyramid is an occult symbol representing a convergence upward, toward the ultimate source of Illumination.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Wherefore one race rules, and the other languishes, pursuant to her judgment, which is occult as the snake in the grass.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • They drew aside as he passed down the village, and when he had gone by, young humourists would up with coat-collars and down with hat-brims, and go pacing nervously after him in imitation of his occult bearing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Chief White Halfoat was a handsome, swarthy Indian from Oklahoma with a heavy, hard-boned face and tousled black hair, a half-blooded Creek from Enid who, for occult reasons of his own, had made up his mind to die of pneumonia.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Unseen and occultly, the gods still gripped with their power and would not let her go.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • One of the pages seemed to be marked; when Clary reached to open the book, she realized that what she’d thought was a bookmark was a black-handled dagger carved with occult symbols.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • His suits fitted as though he had borrowed them from a stout friend, and his face, seldom suggestive of his profession, was now not at all so; it could have been that of an ascetic absorbed in occult pursuits.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Evidence of her Shadowhunter life lay scattered about as well—a fat copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her notes and drawings scribbled into the margins, a shelf of books on the occult and paranormal, her stele atop her desk, and a new globe, given to her by Luke, that showed Idris, bordered in gold, in the center of Europe.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • She seemed an occult figure, more spirit than human.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • One day a man with his beard worn like a collar and with an Italian accent mounted a stone post at the door of a liquor-seller in the Marche Lenoir, and read aloud a singular document, which seemed to emanate from an occult power.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • —People do not know how dangerous lovesongs can be, the auric egg of Russell warned occultly.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When Doctor Kimble gave physic, it was natural that it should have an effect; but when a weaver, who came from nobody knew where, worked wonders with a bottle of brown waters, the occult character of the process was evident.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • "Ay, and aughts," replied Sancho; and shaking his fingers he washed his whole hand in the river along which the boat was quietly gliding in midstream, not moved by any occult intelligence or invisible enchanter, but simply by the current, just there smooth and gentle.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • His occult breathings to her might be solvable by his course in that respect.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He did not share Francisco’s taste for the occult.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Cuffy Meigs’ terror had wider roots, it embraced all of existence; he had lived in chronic terror all his life, but now he was struggling not to acknowledge what it was that he had dreaded: in the moment of his triumph, when he expected to be safe, that mysterious, occult breed-the intellectual —was refusing to fear him and defying his power.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • His title, schoolmaster, would very naturally seem derived from the name bestowed upon the harem itself, but some have surmised that the man who first thus entitled this sort of Ottoman whale, must have read the memoirs of Vidocq, and informed himself what sort of a country-schoolmaster that famous Frenchman was in his younger days, and what was the nature of those occult lessons he inculcated into some of his pupils.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • As far as I know he didn’t learn any occult secrets there.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Days passed and she asked no questions, though now she was deep into books of the occult, of witches and witchcraft, and of vampires.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Morel never in his life played cards, considering them as having some occult, malevolent power—"the devil’s pictures," he called them!
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • A mention of a girl who went "mad as a hatter" after some mysterious involvement in a "diabolical occult ring."
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • After much debate, they concluded unanimously, that I was only relplum scalcath, which is interpreted literally lusus naturae; a determination exactly agreeable to the modern philosophy of Europe, whose professors, disdaining the old evasion of occult causes, whereby the followers of Aristotle endeavoured in vain to disguise their ignorance, have invented this wonderful solution of all difficulties, to the unspeakable advancement of human knowledge.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I can do this miracle; I shall do this miracle; yet I do not try to conceal from you that it is a miracle to tax the occult powers to the last strain.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I mean, it seems so hard to reconcile the Overlords’ science with an interest in the occult.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • When the Herod figure (the extreme symbol of the misgoverning, tenacious ego) has brought mankind to the nadir of spiritual abasement, the occult forces of the cycle begin of themselves to move.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Seems to be something occult.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The aid of the Jewish physicians was not the less eagerly sought after, though a general belief prevailed among the Christians, that the Jewish Rabbins were deeply acquainted with the occult sciences, and particularly with the cabalistical art, which had its name and origin in the studies of the sages of Israel.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Her elusiveness and indifference to established habits of behavior reminded him of his mother, who was as stubborn in her pursuits of the occult as the women of Greater Saint Matthew’s were in the search for redeeming grace.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • The admission costs her historian a pang, but Henrietta, despairing of more occult things, was now paying much attention to the outer life.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • It wasn’t in my nature to fatigue myself with worry over being born to this occult work, even though some of my friends and playmates would turn up in the middle of these mobs to trap you between houses from both ends of a passageway.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I asked him if he thought they had any occult or medicinal way of prolonging life or preserving youth, and he said they were supposed to have a great deal of very curious knowledge about such things, but he suspected that if you came to look into it, it was rather like the Indian rope trick—always something that somebody else had seen.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Some kind of occult geometry or symbolic festoon of obsessions.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Thinking that Beauty—in the order of feminine elegance—was governed by occult laws into the knowledge of which they had been initiated, and that they had the power to realise it, I accepted before seeing them, like the truth of a coming revelation, the appearance of their clothes, of their carriages and horses, of a thousand details among which I placed my faith as in an inner soul which gave the cohesion of a work of art to that ephemeral and changing pageant.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The history of shamans and the occult garnered our intense intellectual scrutiny.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • You have only some occult motive for driving me away.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • I got pencil and paper and wrote down all the occult connections that seemed to lead to thirteen.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He was the only one who’d followed the Old Man’s interest in the occult.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • His wisdom is not the wisdom of an old man, but rather a knowledge of how to do things, especially occult things.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • The Chaldeans had noses like that, too, and they were damn sharp people, and not just when it came to occult sciences.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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