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
A quiet land surveyor, dissatisfied with his home life, takes a mysterious job in an isolated, unnamed Irish forest steeped in myth and legend.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished en route in March 2014 in one of the most mysterious events in modern aviation history.
Before the Fall’ takes off after a mysterious plane crash.
The X-rays from neutron stars do not penetrate Earth's atmosphere, so an instrument designed specifically to observe them from space will give us a better picture of these mysterious objects than ever before.
Despite his unlettered status, Joe sees more clearly than anyone else that there are great dangers in Pip taking money from a mysterious benefactor and going off to the city.
A vague, subtle, mysterious change was hoped for which would have magical effects upon all within in range.
The seventh season of Game of Thrones has been slow and mysterious in every way.
The mysterious death in West Palm Beach of Butch Trucks, the co-founding drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, was a suicide, according to police records.
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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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