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hermetic adj : completely sealed; completely airtight

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From the Greek god and mythological alchemist Hermes Trismegistus, who was said to possess a magic ability to seal (with spells) treasure chests so that nothing could access their contents.



  1. Of or pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus.
  2. Of or pertaining to alchemy or occult practices.
  3. Obscure; secret or unrevealed.
  4. Isolated, away from outside influence.
  5. Airtight or gas-tight; impervious to air or gases.


pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus
pertaining to alchemy

Extensive Definition

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:

See also

  • Hermeneutics, the study of the methods (the "art" or the "science") of interpreting texts
hermetic in German: Hermetisch

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