Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to mysticism or mystics.
  • adjective Deeply or mysteriously spiritual; mystical.
  • adjective Of or relating to religious mysteries or occult rites and practices.
  • adjective Inspiring a sense of mystery or wonder.
  • noun One who practices or believes in mysticism or a given form of mysticism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English mystik, from Latin mysticus, from Greek mustikos, from mustēs, initiate; see mystery.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French mistique, from Latin mysticus, from Ancient Greek μυστικός (mystikos, "secret, mystic"), from μύστης (mystēs, "one who has been initiated").

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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

  • 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

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

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Our Favorite Johnny Carson Moments

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