mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio) \

Definition of mystical

1a : having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence the mystical food of the sacrament
b : involving or having the nature of an individual's direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality the mystical experience of the Inner Light

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mystically \ ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mystically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mystical in a Sentence

He has a mystical [mystic union with God. She says that the symbol has mystical powers. the deep, almost mystical quality of her poetry a mystical journey in search of God mystical knowledge of the spirit world
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First Known Use of mystical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mystical

mystic entry 1 + -al entry 1

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The first known use of mystical was in the 15th century

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14 Sep 2020

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“Mystical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mystical

: having a spiritual meaning that is difficult to see or understand
: of or relating to mystics or mysticism : resulting from prayer or deep thought


mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mystical

: having a spiritual meaning that is difficult to see or understand a mystical symbol

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