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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With its colonnade of soaring columns and larger-than-life statues, this complex is particularly beautiful after dark, when evocative lighting creates a mystical, dream-like atmosphere. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 That aspect seems to be essential to its efficacy: several studies have shown that the more profoundly mystical the experience, the greater the therapeutic effect. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms, illegal in most places, may have therapeutic uses," 7 June 2019 Roric Tobin veered mystical, designing his table around a vintage Pierre Frey fabric that reminded him of tarot cards. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Crowds screamed, shouted and cheered with amazement as the gigantic turtle, dragon and mystical horned blue poodle floated by on bicycles Saturday morning in Fells Point. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Kinetic Sculpture Race enlivens Baltimore for 20th year," 5 May 2018 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

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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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