mystic

adjective
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
c : inducing a feeling of awe or wonder
d : having magical properties

mystic

noun

Definition of mystic (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Mystic

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 The nation’s first mystic society would survive the next 50 years. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "When Alabama’s Mardi Gras was a New Year’s celebration," 24 Dec. 2019 The book conveys the yearning for a unity of being that can only be achieved, according to the mystic tradition that Gibran followed, through love. Time, "The Boss: How I Became the CEO of One of America's Largest Real Estate Firms," 7 June 2018 Photo illustration by Andrew White for The New York Times For years, the fliers of a mystic consultant named Keano have cast a spell over the New York City subway. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Keano Is N.Y.’s Most Famous and Mysterious Subway Psychic. I Found Her.," 8 Nov. 2019 Also, mystic members questioned why the current Civic Center was not worth salvaging. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al.com, "Mardi Gras leaders, Mobile city council want to stay downtown. Who will pay?," 16 July 2019 Talbot said Stimpson broached the subject during a private meeting with mystic society representatives. al, "Can Mobile unmask the true worth of Mardi Gras?," 4 Aug. 2019 Her mystic debate closing was only more fodder for online snark and late-night comedy. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wise died in 1948, but her legend as a Christian mystic has blossomed with time. Washington Post, "‘Miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push," 18 Aug. 2019 Give Me Liberty goes on to describe the application and extension of the quasi-mystic premises of Jefferson’s Declaration to larger swathes of American life. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty: A Manual for Patriots," 7 Nov. 2019 Our shores are an oddly fertile breeding ground for all manner of cultists, mystics and new religious movements. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uniquely California rise of Marianne Williamson," 31 July 2019 Learn about the glacier’s unique magnetic field, which serves as a pilgrimage site for mystics and others who practice Norse paganism. National Geographic, "Iceland Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 There’s something special in the desert, though: blue sky on the barren horizon, new species round every canyon, mystics of rumor, a wolfman with glowing red eyes sipping the strong stuff. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 In 1887 the Villa Montezuma in Sherman Heights was built as a home for Jesse Shepherd, musician, mystic and artist. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: An 1887 tour of the Villa Montezuma," 29 Sep. 2019 The woman responsible for the book, Helen Schucman, was an unlikely mystic. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 In a side chapel, a big man in black kneels in mystic communion with Santa Muerte, a skeleton dressed in white and blue who resembles a cross between a bride and the Virgin Mary. David Hammond, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrating Day of the Dead — and an eternal fascination with skeletons — in Mexico City," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mystic

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mystic

Adjective

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

Noun

probably derivative of mystic entry 1

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The first known use of mystic was in the 14th century

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“Mystic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mystic. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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mystic

noun

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

mystic

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

Kids Definition of mystic

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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