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

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Examples of mystic in a Sentence

Adjective 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Over the last week, two women’s mystic societies -- the Polka Dots and Neptune’s Daughters -- exhibited praise-worthy Mardi Gras altruism. al, "Masked Observer bows at the crossroads of reverence and revelry," 13 Feb. 2021 For her spring 2021 couture collection, the Dior creative director drew inspiration from tarot cards, bringing to life the mystic characters and symbols familiar from the now ubiquitous illustrated decks. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Christian Dior Tells Fortunes for Its Spring 2021 Couture Collection," 25 Jan. 2021 There’s a bigger issue here, too, around the western predilection to portray those outside its sphere less as people than archetypes, usually of an archaic, mystic, backward kind. Murray Whyte,, "At Peabody Essex, a reset on South Asian art," 14 Jan. 2021 The Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz, a library and research center founded in the 1930s by scholar, mystic and collector Manly P. Hall, has been the team’s primary research partner. Steffie Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "A new ‘Library of Esoterica’ brings the occult to your coffee table," 15 Dec. 2020 The decision to cover those costs would occur if a mystic society decides to cancel their ball one week before its scheduled to occur. al, "New Orleans cancels Mardi Gras parades; Mobile weighs options," 17 Nov. 2020 Stimpson, in a letter sent to mystic societies last week, said the city is still issuing parade permits. al, "New Orleans cancels Mardi Gras parades; Mobile weighs options," 17 Nov. 2020 Inspired by the Museum of Ice Cream in New York City, the 7,000-square-foot outdoor venue was decorated with mystic pink clouds made of cotton candy, with a ball pit for adults. Tatyana Turner,, "After family tragedy, Miss Maryland USA uses platform to break barriers and make her voice heard," 6 Nov. 2020 Then came the mega-bats in a skyscraper-high roost, and the ape-men slurped mystic Precambrian elixirs to get swoll for arena duels. Darren Franich,, "Primal returns with more bloody weird prehistoric emo action: Review," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite the Passion framing, the piece is not an unalloyed celebration of Weil, a mystic and philosopher. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 14 Jan. 2021 As this season requires, Prudence feels a tremor in the mystic or whatever because another Eldritch terror has arrived. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: Reality Bites," 31 Dec. 2020 Sufi mystic Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi written in Farsi. Dakin Andone, CNN, "'Why am I here?' Three years after his son was killed by US Park Police, a grieving father is still seeking justice," 2 Nov. 2020 Sun Ra was born Herman Poole Blount in 1914, and named for the Southern mystic and performer Black Herman, whose occult stage show had thrilled Blount’s mother. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Earth Couldn’t Contain Sun Ra’s Ideas. His Arkestra Is Still Exploring Them.," 27 Oct. 2020 This is part of the promise of the Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor to honor a 15th-century mystic and completed in Mechernich, Germany, in 2007. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "How Can I Avoid Feeling Lonely When All My Friends Are Coupled Up?," 21 Sep. 2020 Leslie Mann portrays the spirit of a woman summoned by a mystic who's played by Judi Dench. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Check out the Heartland film festival lineup at Conner Prairie and Tibbs drive-in," 10 Oct. 2019 Lewis likened Penrose to a Rasputin, the Russian mystic often blamed for the downfall of the czar in Russia a century ago. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "A case 'infected with sex.' Key questions from NKY Judge Dawn Gentry's disciplinary hearing," 14 Aug. 2020 That's the mad mystic's idea of a corking good time. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Rasputin features in all his mad, mystic glory in The King’s Man final trailer," 21 June 2020

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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


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“Mystic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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