mystical

adjective
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

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Other Words from mystical

mystically \ ˈmi-​sti-​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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What superpower or mystical rite allows him to pull off this heroic feat? The Economist, "Wakandanomics," 28 Mar. 2018 But things got a bit mystical with Margaret (guest star Cherry Jones), the crone in the stone house the Mayor visits to get permission to open a bridge to let the marathon runners pass. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "'Portlandia' series finale: Sweet, strange and channeling Portland nostalgia," 22 Mar. 2018 Halloween costume guide: Magical, macabre and mystical. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Get your 'boo' on this week at these wickedly good Halloween events in Louisville," 24 Oct. 2017 Proponents extoll the benefits of drinking celery juice on an empty stomach and avoiding cross-contamination with other green vegetables to maximize the curative, mystical powers of celery in its least wholesome form: juice. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Celery Juice "Benefits" Are Total B.S., According to Nutrition Science," 16 Jan. 2019 History lesson: Hauntings abound in this deeply mystical city. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 The trolley question is meant to emblematize tough decision-making for the purpose of moral deliberation; programming morality into our vehicles is a matter of deeper, almost mystical complexity. Betsy Morais, Longreads, "The Menace and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles," 13 June 2018 Jolie first starred as Maleficent, the mystical Sleeping Beauty antagonist, in the 2014 Disney live-action film named after her character. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looks Both Terrifying and Beautiful in the New Maleficent Poster and I'm Shook," 7 Mar. 2019 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

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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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