mys·​tic | \ˈmis-tik \

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

b : obscure, enigmatic

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 | \ˈmis-tik \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Such laws have been criticized by online naturalists, who call them a holdover from age-old bans on hunting the animals when they were linked to mystic powers. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Rare white deer roams Kensington Metropark near Milford," 3 Apr. 2018 Seven exterior colors include mystic Tourmaline Blue Metallic, juicy Fortana Red Metallic, and spicy Kurkuma Yellow Metallic. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Volkswagen’s Atlas family crossover has room for seven, lots of technology | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Feb. 2018 Britannia might not have dragons, but there’s magic in these mystic hills. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Britannia Will Tide You Over Until Game of Thrones Returns," 6 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The social media ascendance of mystics, brujas, and the #WitchesofInstagram is one of the greatest uses of the Internet of our time, and not just on Halloween. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 The poetry of Rumi and Hafez, among other mystics, has been translated countless times. Aysha Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Omid Safi’s ‘Radical Love’ recenters Sufi poetry within Islam," 16 June 2018 What do these voices share with those of the Sufi mystics? Aysha Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Omid Safi’s ‘Radical Love’ recenters Sufi poetry within Islam," 16 June 2018 Candid, gossipy and occasionally imperiled by demons, Margery Kempe was a 15th-century mystic and the author of a terrific medieval tell-all. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, a scholar, a true mystic. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "‘There’s power in love’: Read the fiery sermon at the royal wedding by the Episcopal Church’s Michael Curry," 19 May 2018 Downtown, mystic’s iconic Bascule Bridge stretches across the Mystic River, and is open to pedestrians too. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 If Herzog is a mystic and a shaman, though, Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel is a more hardheaded sort of cinematic poet. Ty Burr,, "‘Zama’ is Lucrecia Martel’s latest one-of-a-kind offering," 4 July 2018 Kids and teetotalers can opt for mystic portal punch, which has lemon-lime and tangerine flavors with Powerade Mountain Berry Blast. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: Comfort food fills Woody's Lunch Box at Toy Story Land," 28 June 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


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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 \

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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