mys·ti·cal | \ˈmis-ti-kəl \

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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Other Words from mystical

mystically \-k(ə-)lē \ 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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With 20 homers and a .397 OBP, Aaron Judge has slipped only a little from his mystical rookie year. Jack Dickey,, "Midseason Report Card: Red Sox, Yankees Continue to Control the AL East," 29 June 2018 The mystical elements of Lindsay’s book remain, but Mrs. Appleyard’s more detailed biography adds more tangible, flesh-and-blood danger to the mix. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 29 May 2018 Just one more important element in a project that fuses the artistic, the botanical, the mystical, and a substantial dose of generosity and goodwill. Barbara Schreiber, charlotteobserver, "This artist ‘sculpts’ in living trees and fruit. Here’s what he’s doing now in Charlotte," 11 July 2018 The very expansiveness of its concerns, which incorporate the mystical-religious, set it so far apart from the customary scandi-noir that the genre feels begun anew. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 Their ideas—a grappling hook, new mystical combo-attack powers, coming back from the dead—might be a true answer to Tecmo's Souls-like game Nioh. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 That dichotomy is essential to sustaining the mystical omniscience of a play that draws heavily from biblical scripture and Jewish ritual. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 This nod to the mystical is also an acknowledgment of old-time grafters, who were esteemed in their rural communities and thought to possess almost magical powers. Barbara Schreiber, charlotteobserver, "This artist ‘sculpts’ in living trees and fruit. Here’s what he’s doing now in Charlotte," 11 July 2018 Delve into mystical discourses of the Luabvitcher Rebbes 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Chabad of Boca Raton, 17950 Military Trail, Boca Raton. Alan Goch, Jewish Journal, "Jewish events in south Palm Beach County: July 11-17," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of mystical

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

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