mys·​tic | \ ˈmi-stik How to pronounce mystic (audio) \

Definition of mystic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2 : of or relating to mysteries or esoteric rites : occult
3 : of or relating to mysticism or mystics
4a : mysterious
c : inducing a feeling of awe or wonder
d : having magical properties



Definition of mystic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a follower of a mystical way of life
2 : an advocate of a theory of mysticism


geographical name
Mys·​tic | \ ˈmi-stik How to pronounce Mystic (audio) \

Definition of Mystic (Entry 3 of 3)

river in eastern Massachusetts flowing southeast into Boston Harbor

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Synonyms for mystic

Synonyms: Adjective

magic, magical, numinous, occult, weird

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Examples of mystic in a Sentence


She had a mystic vision while praying. the notion that a cat has nine lives is based upon the belief that nine is a mystic number

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The video was directed by Irrum who says he was inspired by his garden in Walthamstow, London, and the mystic paintings of Cuban artist Alberto del Pozo. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Skip Marley Stars in Major Lazer's 'Can't Take It From Me' Video: Watch," 5 June 2019 The base is a Belgian Gin that pays tribute to Magritte's country of origin, mixed with the surprisingly fruity flavors of Blue Curaçao, which gives it that Kate Middleton–sapphire color, and the mystic aromas of smoky Islay whisky. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Color of Kate Middleton's Wedding Ring, This Cocktail Will Be the Drink of Summer," 30 Apr. 2019 When Li Po was 5, his father moved the family southeast to Sichuan, a mystic land known for its majestic mountains, lush green rivers, howling gibbons and spicy food. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019 In Greek and many other ancient cultures, the amulet was worn to stave off mystic bad forces in the world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle and Camilla Parker Bowles Have Almost Identical Cross Bracelets," 18 July 2018 The final shot of 12 Monkeys features Cole and Railly embracing on the front lawn of a house that has come to hold a near-mystic significance to both them and numerous other characters on the series. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "“The Beginning” is a series finale all about series finales.," 8 July 2018 In January 2017, his wife Rosario Murillo, a mystic poet, became Vice President. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Clinging to Power Amid Violent Protests, Nicaragua’s President Faces a Crisis Point," 14 June 2018 We are no longer used to the sort of self-effacement Faye practices and yet it is found in the mystic traditions of nearly all religions. New York Times, "Rachel Cusk Strips the Novel Down to Its Frame. Again.," 6 June 2018 Mardi Gras lurched into full swing, and mystic society balls, once again, are filling the oft-idle Civic Center. John Sharp,, "Aging sports venues sag on Mobile, as city explores alternatives amid Madison's BayBears push," 30 Jan. 2018

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Followers of Parmenides worked themselves into logical knots and mystic raptures over the rather blatant contradiction between point five and everyday experience. Quanta Magazine, "Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity," 10 Sep. 2015 At the heart of this dualism was the contrast of light and substance, a theme that has fascinated not only scientists but artists and mystics for many centuries. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles," 28 Feb. 2017 If the call went out via coconut telegraph that these mystic sirens needed top-notch tunes for the evening, it was heard loud and clear. The Masked Observer,, "The Masked Observer visits the sultry LaShe's and futuristic Fifty Funny Fellows," 11 Feb. 2018 Sitting down with Beth Bugdaycay in her gorgeous Foundrae store isn’t unlike an encounter with a mystic. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Foundrae’s New Bespoke Jewelry Allows You to Create Your Own Story With Enamel, Symbols, and Gemstones," 6 Nov. 2018 What really makes a product mystic, though—as witches put it—differs from witch to witch. Glamour, "6 Witches on Their Favorite Mystical Beauty Products," 31 Oct. 2018 Sister Gertrude Morgan, a painter, musician and mystic, finds an unlikely ally, art dealer Larry Borenstein, amid the early-1960s atmosphere that gave rise to Preservation Hall. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘City of a Million Dreams’ Review: Every Day a Parade," 22 Nov. 2018 Among her many talents as a writer, composer, mystic and natural scientist, the renowned 12th century Rhineland abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also an expert on the use of hops in beer. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "When Women Were Brewers," 4 Oct. 2018 Their tinctures, lotions, and potions play an important part in their routines, and as interest in the mystic has risen on social media, the beauty industry has taken notice. Glamour, "6 Witches on Their Favorite Mystical Beauty Products," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of mystic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mystic


Middle English mystyke "open to symbolic or spiritual interpretation," borrowed from Latin mysticus "of secret rites, secret," borrowed from Greek mystikós, from mýstēs person initiated (into a religious cult)" (probably from mys-, variant stem of mȳ́ein "to close, shut [the eyes]"—of uncertain origin— + -tēs, agent suffix) + ikos -ic entry 1


probably derivative of mystic entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mystic

: a person who tries to gain religious or spiritual knowledge through prayer and deep thought : someone who practices mysticism


mys·​tic | \ ˈmi-stik How to pronounce mystic (audio) \

Kids Definition of mystic

1 : mystical
2 : relating to magic Every beautiful morning the Magic was worked by the mystic circle under the plum tree …— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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