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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Although these two fields have disentangled over time, the mystical teachings of the cosmos still guide us today. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Over the four-minute experience, we’re whisked through worlds both fantastic and familiar: soaring through treetops, huddled in a foreboding alleyway, surrounded by mystical beings in a desert. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘I Was Raised on the Internet’ Review: Binary Reactions to the Digital World," 15 Sep. 2018 One of the most enchanting of them all is Bri Luna—also known as @thehoodwitch—who delivers a heady mix of tarot card knowledge, mystical visuals, self-care wisdom, and some serious #bigwitchenergy. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 Red Rock State Park is one of the best places to see geological wonders, and the Grand Canyon is a doable day trip—Sedona is a destination known for its mystical appeal. Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon Chose This Arizona Town for an Outdoorsy Girls Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 As the witching hour approaches, guests will take a nighttime tour of the palace and learn about 16th century witch hunts and the fear that gripped Tudor England and the prospect of the dark mystical powers working among them. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Can Now Spend the Night in Hampton Court, One of Henry VIII's Favorite Palaces," 14 Sep. 2018 The other new addition, Sweet Seduction, speaks less to the spooky, mystical side of Halloween and focuses more on the thing all trick-or-treaters love: candy. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle Is Releasing Two New Scary-Good Halloween Candles This Week," 21 Aug. 2018 After the fall of Greece and Rome—and centuries as a party trick and friend to scam artists trying to sell its mystical powers—asbestos came back into favor during the Industrial Revolution. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018 Pisces Venus The last sign of the zodiac, the Pisces spirit is mystical and ethereal. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 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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