Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to religious mysteries or occult rites and practices.
  • adj. Of or relating to mysticism or mystics.
  • adj. Inspiring a sense of mystery and wonder.
  • adj. Mysterious; strange.
  • adj. Enigmatic; obscure.
  • adj. Mystical.
  • n. One who practices or believes in mysticism or a given form of mysticism: Protestant mystics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to mystics, mysticism or occult mysteries; mystical.
  • adj. Mysterious and strange; arcane, obscure or enigmatic.
  • n. Someone who practices mysticism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Remote from or beyond human comprehension; baffling human understanding; unknowable; obscure; mysterious.
  • adj. Importing or implying mysticism; involving some secret meaning; allegorical; emblematical
  • adj. employing mysticism; ; -- contrasted to logical, rational, analytical.
  • n. One given to mysticism; one who holds mystical views, interpretations, etc.; especially, in ecclesiastical history, one who professed mysticism. See mysticism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to any of the ancient mysteries.
  • Hidden from or obscure to human knowledge or comprehension: pertaining to what is obscure or incomprehensible; mysterious; dark; obscure; specifically, expressing a sense comprehensible only to a higher grade of intelligence or to those especially initiated.
  • Of or pertaining to mystics or mysticism.
  • In the civil law of Louisiana, sealed or closed: as, a Mystic testament
  • Synonyms and Cabalistic, etc. See mysterious.
  • n. One who accepts or preaches some form of mysticism; specifically [capitalized], one who holds to the possibility of direct conscious and unmistakable intercourse with God by a species of ecstasy. See Quietist, Pietist, Gichtelian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of mysticism
  • n. someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension
  • adj. relating to or resembling mysticism

Etymologies

Middle English mystik, from Latin mysticus, from Greek mustikos, from mustēs, initiate; see mystery1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mistique, from Latin mysticus, from Ancient Greek μυστικός (mystikos, "secret, mystic"), from μύστης (mystēs, "one who has been initiated"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I use the word mystic not in the current sense of one who employs exotic implements like crystals, flutes, or shaman rattles in his meditations or who performs self-designed rites in hopes of persuading the spirit world to illumine his present and supply his needs.

    Letter to a Godchild

  • Thurston discusses what he calls mystic hunger strikers, as well as the disconcerting ability to see without eyes.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • I've never heard Jesus described before as a yogi i.e., someone who practices yoga, but I have heard him called a mystic which is similar but different.

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  • Carson played many recurring characters, including Carnac the Magnificent, a mystic from the East who could "divine" unknown answers to unseen questions, which were hidden in a sealed envelope which Carnac held to his head.

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  • C.K. never admitted how close any came toward his true name (and some in mystic circles suggest that his true name was something else entirely and C.K. Gill a pen name that became his common name in life).

    The Codex Continual. Official Website of Steven E. Schend

  • MacDowell is frequently called a mystic, and most of his efforts breathe the Celtic spirit, which is full of melancholy, romance and tenderness.

    Edward MacDowell

  • The word mystic has been usually derived from a Greek word which signifies to shut, as if one shut one's lips brooding on what cannot be uttered; but the

    The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry

  • The word mystic has been usually derived from a Greek word which signifies to shut, as if one shut one's lips, brooding on what cannot be uttered; but the Platonists themselves derive it rather from the act of shutting the eyes, that one may see the more, inwardly.

    The Renaissance Studies in Art and Poetry

  • The world of the mystic is the world of traditional peoples and Eastern religions.

    Ervin Laszlo: A Meeting Place for Religion and Science

  • Mysticism is a particularly focused part of spirituality; the mystic is a person who aims at and believes in the attainment of such union.

    Dr. Jean Houston: Spirituality and the Meaning of Mysticism for Our Time

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