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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web Pahnke’s dissertation, published in 1963, claimed that almost all Good Friday Experiment participants who received psilocybin experienced positive mystical or spiritual transformations. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, "Bicycle Day And the 1962 Harvard Experiment That Showed Psilocybin Can Create Lasting, Positive Spiritual Change," 19 Apr. 2021 Its stated purpose was to assess psilocybin’s ability to create strong spiritual and mystical experiences. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, "Bicycle Day And the 1962 Harvard Experiment That Showed Psilocybin Can Create Lasting, Positive Spiritual Change," 19 Apr. 2021 Had Real Madrid been paired with Manchester City, rather than Liverpool, in the Champions League quarterfinals this week, its almost mystical relationship with the European Cup would not seem quite so potent. New York Times, "Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Too Big to Fall," 9 Apr. 2021 Something about the impossibly deep sapphire water carries an almost mystical quality that grabs you by the retinas and doesn’t let go. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Otherworldly Adventure at Crater Lake National Park," 24 Mar. 2021 There are many pre-pandemic concert moments that now have a mystical quality to them. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "Lana Del Rey, Zella Day, and Weyes Blood Deliver 21st Century Laurel Canyon Grandeur to ‘For Free’," 19 Mar. 2021 Oh, and the new Ghost also reflects a single-minded focus on delivering almost-mystical levels of silence. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Everything We Know About the Marque’s Most Spirited Model to Date," 9 Mar. 2021 In Beck’s film, Ched often talks about the care and feeding of plants as an almost mystical pursuit. Nathan Burstein, The New Yorker, "Caring for Plants, and a Marriage, in “Noble Planta”," 24 Feb. 2021 The most powerful performers have an almost mystical way of blurring the lines between interpreting and creating. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Music’s first responder: How Yo-Yo Ma answered the pandemic’s call and consoled a reeling nation," 27 Jan. 2021

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

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“Mystical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mystical. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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