Definitions

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

  • n. An aura of heightened value, interest, or meaning surrounding something, arising from attitudes and beliefs that impute special power or mystery to it: the cowboy mystique; the mystique of existentialism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An aura of heightened interest, meaning or mystery surrounding a person or thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aura of reverence or mystery stemming from feelings of high value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing.
  • n. The aura of mystery surrounding the esoteric knowledge and skills required in certain occupations, or the power of those possessing those skills.

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

  • n. an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing

Etymologies

French, mystical, mystique, from Latin mysticus; see mystic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French mystique ("a mystic"), from Latin mysticus. See also mystic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've always thought that part of the mystique is the campiness ...

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  • Anytime you see a dictator stripped of all the trappings of power, stripped of that cult of personality, stripped really of what I call the mystique of fear, there is a sense of, you know, a profound sort of psychological effect it has on people who are watching, most particularly the Iraqis, who are also sitting in the press gallery.

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  • Morelia's mystique is what originally attracted my partner and myself to purchase a home in Morelia three years ago.

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  • It has a certain mystique about it, perhaps because its originator is Jim Miekka, a blind physics instructor.

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  • I love his adhering to the idea of mystique and opacity as opposed to transparency: 'You'll get nothing out of me.'

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  • HOLMES: Adding to the mystique is the menu, you do not know what is on your plate until you actually taste it.

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  • The latter is as close as we are going to get these days to the Cary Grant mystique, which is another reason why movies like Charade should never be recycled; they should be left in the library, to be appreciated for their very marginal virtues and graces.

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  • As for elway, his mystique is a bit overrated cuz he got his bowls towards the end of his career when he was no longer the primary reason for the teams wins like he did was when he lost 4 super bowls.

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  • He had several disappointing losses that always seemed to keep him from elite status, but the biggest hit to his mystique was his

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  • Whatever the timing or mix of sources involved in the development of her feminist consciousness, Friedan's breakthrough was to acknowledge that the feminine "mystique" was not an individual — and not a Jewish — problem.

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