Definition of mystery
1a : a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand the mystery of the Trinityb (1) : any of the 15 events (such as the Nativity, the Crucifixion, or the Assumption) serving as a subject for meditation during the saying of the rosary (2) capitalized : a Christian sacrament; specifically : eucharistc (1) : a secret religious rite believed (as in Eleusinian and Mithraic cults) to impart enduring bliss to the initiate (2) : a cult devoted to such rites
2a : something not understood or beyond understanding : enigma The mystery of his disappearance has never been solved.b obsolete : a private secretc : the secret or specialized practices or ritual peculiar to an occupation or a body of people the mysteries of the tailor's craftd : a piece of fiction dealing usually with the solution of a mysterious crime Reading mysteries was her favorite pastime.
3 : profound, inexplicable, or secretive quality or character the mystery of her smile the mysteries and beauties of nature
Origin and Etymology of mystery
Middle English mysterie, from Latin mysterium, from Greek mystērion, from mystēs initiate
Synonym Discussion of mystery
MYSTERY Defined for Kids
Definition of mystery for Students
1 : something that has not been or cannot be explained Her disappearance remains a mystery. Their success is a mystery to me.
2 : a piece of fiction about solving a crime
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