from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality or God.
- n. The experience of such communion as described by mystics.
- n. A belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are central to being and directly accessible by subjective experience.
- n. Vague, groundless speculation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.
- n. A doctrine of direct communication or spiritual intuition of divine truth.
- n. A transcendental union of soul or mind with the divine reality or divinity.
- n. Obscure thoughts and speculations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Obscurity of doctrine.
- n. The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained.
- n. The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being mystic or mystical; mysticalness.
- n. Any mode of thought, or phase of intellectual or reli'gious life, in which reliance is placed upon a spiritual illumination believed to transcend the ordinary powers of the understanding.
- n. Specifically, a form of religious belief which is founded upon spiritual experience, not discriminated or tested and systematized in thought.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
- n. obscure or irrational thought
English from the early to mid 1700's, Confer French mysticisme. (Wiktionary)