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

Other Words from mystical

mystically \ ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mystical (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
Recent Examples on the Web Led by Aslan, the Great Lion and true king of the world of Narnia, the children plunge into adventures and face off against wicked rulers in this mystical land. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 25 July 2022 As shown in a video shared to her Instagram and TikTok accounts, the cover will still feature Bey atop the same mystical Patronus-like horse. Anna Chan, Billboard, 22 July 2022 For centuries, the land—which was occupied by Druids 1,500 years ago—has held a mystical reputation, with the soil especially known for its healing and curative powers, often used in tinctures and to treat wounds. Wired, 22 July 2022 When the character Captain Britain was first created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe in 1976, the role was filled by Brian Braddock — a son of the nobility who was infused with mystical powers by the ancient wizard Merlin. Christian Holub,, 21 July 2022 Whenever Van Sciver illustrates Smith’s mystical experiences, they’re drawn in dotted blue lines, to differentiate from the full-color, nonspiritual events. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 July 2022 When a young boy vanishes into thin air, friends, family and the local police are drawn to a supernatural mystery involving top-secret government experiments, mystical forces, and one very unique little girl. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 15 July 2022 Some gather these colorful, often shiny stones for mere display, while others perceive the rocks as containing mystical healing properties. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2022 There’s mystical overtones in what the vinyls give off, more than the songs. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 8 July 2022 See More

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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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“Mystical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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