The word hermetic is commonly applied to literary or graphical symbolism that is exceedingly obscure, convoluted, or esoteric. In that context, and not in any other context, hermeticism is the deliberate use of hermetic imagery.

The word "hermetic" or its derivatives may also refer to:
* Hermeticism, a magical and religious movement stemming from the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus.
* Hermeticism (history of science), also refers to reconstructing the mode of thought held by 17th century scientists
* Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, an initiatic occult organisation that first became public in late 1884.
* Hermetic Qabalah, a syncretism of Kabbalah within Hermeticism
* Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a 19th century occult society
**The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Inc., a modern occult society
* "Hermetic" (soundtrack album), a music album by Timbersound with Magne Furuholmen
* Hermetic seal, an airtight seal
* Hermetic detector, a particle detector with large-angle coverage, designed to observe as many particles from an interaction as possible.
* Hermetica, also known as the Corpus Hermeticum or Hermetic Corpus, a corpus of Egyptian or Greek literature
* Hermética, an Argentine heavy metal band

ee also

* Hermeneutics, the study of the methods (the "art" or the "science") of interpreting texts

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  • Hermetic — Her*met ic, Hermetical Her*met ic*al, a. [F. herm[ e]tique. See Note under {Hermes}, 1.] 1. Of, pertaining to, or taught by, Hermes Trismegistus; as, hermetic philosophy. Hence: Alchemical; chemic. Delusions of the hermetic art. Burke. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hermetic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a seal or closure) complete and airtight. 2) insulated or protected from outside influences. 3) esoteric or cryptic: hermetic poems. DERIVATIVES hermetically adverb hermeticism noun. ORIGIN from Latin Hermes Trismegistus th …   English terms dictionary

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  • hermetic — index impervious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hermetic — HERMÉTIC, Ă adj. v. ermetic. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • hermetic — c.1600 (implied in hermetically), completely sealed, also (1630s) dealing with occult science or alchemy, from L. hermeticus, from Gk. Hermes, god of science and art, among other things, identified by Neoplatonists, mystics, and alchemists with… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hermetic — [adj] airtight completely sealed, impervious, sealed, shut, tight, waterproof, watertight; concept 483 …   New thesaurus

  • hermetic — [hər met′ik] adj. [ModL hermeticus < L Hermes < Gr Hermēs (trismegistos)] 1. [usually H ] of or derived from Hermes Trismegistus and his lore 2. [sometimes H ] a) magical; alchemic b) hard to understand; obscure 3. [from use in alche …   English World dictionary

  • hermetic — [[t]hɜː(r)me̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n If a container has a hermetic seal, the seal is very tight so that no air can get in or out. [TECHNICAL] This would permit air to enter, breaking the hermetic seal of the jar. Syn: airtight Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • hermetic — also hermetical adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin hermeticus, from Hermet , Hermes Trismegistus Date: 1605 1. often capitalized a. of or relating to the Gnostic writings or teachings arising in the first three centuries A.D. and attributed to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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