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Cult vs. Occult

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Main Difference

The main difference between Cult and Occult is that the Cult is a social group with socially deviant or novel religious, philosophical or spiritual beliefs and practices and Occult is a "knowledge of the paranormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable".

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  • Cult (noun)

    A group or sect of people with a religious, philosophical or cultural identity, often existing on the margins of society or exploitative towards its members.

  • Cult (noun)

    Devotion to a saint.

  • Cult (noun)

    A religion that evolved out of another religion but has become a different religion through developing a radically different theology.

    "Mormonism is a cult of Christianity because it evolved out of Christianity and claims to be Christian but rejects parts of the Bible and other foundational doctrines of the Christian religion."

  • Cult (noun)

    A group of people having an obsession with or intense admiration for a particular activity, idea, person or thing.

  • Cult (adjective)

    Of or relating to a cult.

  • Cult (adjective)

    Enjoyed by a small, loyal group.

    "a cult horror movie"

  • Occult (verb)

    To cover or hide from view.

    "The Earth occults the Moon during a lunar eclipse."

  • Occult (verb)

    To dissimulate, conceal, or obfuscate.

  • Occult (adjective)

    Secret; hidden from general knowledge; undetected.

    "occult blood loss;"

    "occult cancer"

  • Occult (adjective)

    Related to the occult; pertaining to mysticism, magic, or astrology.

    "Be aware that occult knowledge can be used for good or evil purposes. ― Pao Chang, "Words Are Magic Spells: Why You Practice the Occult Every Day", Omnithought.org"

  • Occult (adjective)

    Esoteric.

  • Occult (noun)

    Supernatural affairs.

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  • Cult (noun)

    a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object

    "the cult of St Olaf"

  • Cult (noun)

    a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or as imposing excessive control over members

    "a network of Satan-worshipping cults"

  • Cult (noun)

    a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular thing

    "the cult of the pursuit of money as an end in itself"

  • Cult (noun)

    a person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society

    "a cult film"

    "the series has become a bit of a cult in the UK"

  • Occult (noun)

    mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena

    "a secret society to study alchemy and the occult"

  • Occult (adjective)

    involving or relating to mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena

    "an occult ceremony"

    "a weird occult sensation of having experienced the identical situation before"

  • Occult (adjective)

    communicated only to the initiated; esoteric

    "the typically occult language of the time"

  • Occult (adjective)

    (of a disease or process) not accompanied by readily discernible signs or symptoms

    "careful palpation sometimes discloses occult spina bifida"

  • Occult (adjective)

    (of blood) abnormally present, e.g. in faeces, but detectable only chemically or microscopically.

  • Occult (verb)

    cut off from view by interposing something

    "a wooden screen designed to occult the competitors"

  • Occult (verb)

    (of a celestial body) conceal (an apparently smaller body) from view by passing or being in front of it

    "the Moon occults Mars during daylight on March 22"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Cult (noun)

    Attentive care; homage; worship.

  • Cult (noun)

    A system of religious belief and worship.

  • Cult (noun)

    A system of intense religious veneration of a particular person, idea, or object, especially one considered spurious or irrational by traditional religious bodies; as, the Moonie cult.

  • Cult (noun)

    The group of individuals who adhere to a cult (senses 2 or 3).

  • Cult (noun)

    A strong devotion or interest in a particular person, idea or thing without religious associations, or the people holding such an interest; as, the cult of James Dean; the cult of personality in totalitarian societies.

  • Occult (adjective)

    Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown.

  • Occult

    To eclipse; to hide from sight.

Webster Dictionary
  • Cult (noun)

    adherents of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices

  • Cult (noun)

    an interest followed with exaggerated zeal;

    "he always follows the latest fads"

    "it was all the rage that season"

  • Cult (noun)

    a system of religious beliefs and rituals;

    "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"

  • Occult (noun)

    supernatural forces and events and beings collectively;

    "She doesn't believe in the supernatural"

  • Occult (noun)

    occult practices and techniques;

    "he is a student of the occult"

  • Occult (verb)

    cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention;

    "The Sun eclipses the moon today"

    "Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"

  • Occult (verb)

    become concealed or hidden from view or have its light extinguished;

    "The beam of light occults every so often"

  • Occult (verb)

    hide from view;

    "The lids were occulting her eyes"

  • Occult (adjective)

    hidden and difficult to see;

    "an occult fracture"

    "occult blood in the stool"

  • Occult (adjective)

    having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding;

    "mysterious symbols"

    "the mystical style of Blake"

    "occult lore"

    "the secret learning of the ancients"

Princeton's WordNet

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