mys·​ti·​cal ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio)
: having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence
the mystical food of the sacrament
: involving or having the nature of an individual's direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality
the mystical experience of the Inner Light
mystically adverb

Examples of mystical in a Sentence

He has a mystical 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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Mystical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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mys·​ti·​cal ˈmis-ti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio)
: having a spiritual meaning or reality that is not immediately apparent to the senses or the mind
: of, relating to, or resulting from communication directly with God
mystically adverb
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