hermetic definition

  • adjective:
    • Completely sealed, specially against the escape or entry of air.
    • Impervious to outside interference or impact: the hermetic confines of an isolated life.
    • Mythology Of or relating to Hermes Trismegistus or perhaps the works ascribed to him.
    • Having to do with the occult sciences, specially alchemy; magical.
    • Of or pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus.
    • Of or with respect to alchemy or occult techniques.
    • Obscure; secret or unrevealed.
    • Isolated, far from outside impact.
    • Airtight or gas-tight; impervious to environment or gases.
    • Of, related to, or taught by, Hermes Trismegistus. Ergo: Alchemical; chemic.
    • Of or with respect to the system which explains what causes conditions plus the functions of medication regarding the axioms for the hermetic philosophy, and which made much usage, as an answer, of an alkali and an acid.
    • Made perfectly close or air-tight by fusion, so that no fuel or spirit can enter or escape. See Note under Hermetically.
    • completely sealed; completely airtight
  • others:
    • Of or pertaining to Hermes.
    • [cap. or lowercase] Pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus, or even to the theosophy, cosmogony, and soon after alchemy and astrology involving their title; alchemic.
    • Of or related to a hermes: as, a hermetic column.

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