Definition of mysterious
1a : of, relating to, or constituting mystery the mysterious ways of Godb : exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise while baffling efforts to comprehend or identify : mystifying heard a mysterious noise a mysterious stranger a mysterious plane crash a mysterious illness
2 : stirred by or attracted to the inexplicable … to help a mysterious wizard … ward off the end of the world with blood sacrifices. — Robert Houston
Examples of mysterious in a Sentence
the mysterious ways of nature
We heard a mysterious noise outside our tent.
He died under mysterious circumstances.
A mysterious illness has been spreading through the city.
There's something mysterious about that old woman.
Her behavior was very mysterious.
Recent Examples of mysterious from the Web
General Zia died in a mysterious plane crash in 1988, the year the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan.
Some people have never fully understood people’s fixation with Cthulhu, the mysterious, undersea, cult-inspiring, cosmic creature dreamed up by early 20th-century Rhode Island writer H.P. Lovecraft — and to be honest, neither have I.
Besson’s film has, up until now, been a relentless blitz of action, as Korben follows the mysterious Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) across the galaxy to help retrieve mystical stones that will help her save the world from a great, encroaching evil.
For New Yorker Tommy Albright, who gets lost while on a hunting trip in Scotland, love comes in the form of a lass named Fiona MacLaren in a mysterious little town called Brigadoon.
But then, by the old gods and the new, a mysterious wrinkle appeared, Bookmaker reports.
The Magnitsky Act is named after the Russian attorney who uncovered the scheme, Sergei Magnitsky, who later died under mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison.
The mysterious deaths of the members of the tribe became one of the first major FBI homicide cases.
This anger is mixed with a mysterious need to head into the woods late at night with the convent’s donkey.
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First Known Use of mysterious
MYSTERIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mysterious for English Language Learners
: strange, unknown, or difficult to understand
MYSTERIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of mysterious for Students
: strange, unknown, or hard to understand or explain a mysterious noise a mysterious stranger
mysteriouslyadverb She mysteriously disappeared.
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