mystical

adjective
mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmis-ti-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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Other Words from mystical

mystically \ -​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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Sitting at the foothills of the mystical Mount Taygetus, not only is this medieval walled town a UNESCO World Heritage Monument immersed in fascinating history, but the surrounding natural environment is rugged, raw, and inspiringly real. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 To quickly recap: In 1946, Claire, an English World War II nurse, accidentally travels to 1743 through a group of mystical standing stones in the Scottish Highlands. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 Some travelers are heading south to Belize, where the beaches are just as picturesque and the Mayan ruins just as mystical—but much less crowded (at least for now). Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 The opposite sides proceed in lockstep until nature intervenes: A tiger from the DMZ (accompanied by some mystical humanoid figures and an ominous mist) maims a solider on either side. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 The mysterious cube, which traveled to Loot Lake and created the game’s floating islands, initiated another of Epic’s rare in-game events: this time, transporting players into a mystical realm full of ethereal butterflies. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 The entry gleams in golden Christian LaCroix, a menagerie of mystical tarot and playing cards, echoing the nearby vintage metallic dining cabinet. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 The cards are mystical entities that come alive in the hands of a gifted reader. Jane Stern, Town & Country, "My Love of Tarot Is a Family Tradition," 24 Sep. 2018 Contributing to the Mapparium’s mystical effects is the curious acoustics of a glass globe. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 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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mystical

adjective

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

mystical

adjective
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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