mysticism

noun
mys·​ti·​cism | \ ˈmi-stə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce mysticism (audio) \

Definition of mysticism

1 : the experience of mystical union or direct communion with ultimate reality reported by mystics
2 : the belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth, or ultimate reality can be attained through subjective experience (such as intuition or insight)
3a : vague speculation : a belief without sound basis
b : a theory postulating the possibility of direct and intuitive acquisition of ineffable knowledge or power

Examples of mysticism in a Sentence

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic mysticism. a student of Eastern mysticism

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Rebennack, who'd long had a fascination with occult mysticism and voodoo, told Battiste about creating a musical personality out of Dr. John, a male version of Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen. Author: Kevin Mcgill, Cain Burdeau, Anchorage Daily News, "Dr. John, funky musical ‘night-tripper’ of New Orleans, is dead," 7 June 2019 Rebennack, who’d long had a fascination with occult mysticism and voodoo, told Battiste about creating a musical personality out of Dr. John, a male version of Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen. Washington Post, "‘Dr. John,’ funky New Orleans ‘night-tripper’ musician, dies," 7 June 2019 The creation of a rap hit feels like a tangle of mysticism, talent, hustle, and algorithm-gaming—something either too complex or too simple to be captured by a reality show. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How “Songland” Tries and Fails to Honor the Songwriter," 11 June 2019 That the Catholic Church should have acted as one of the brakes on that daft mysticism will perhaps perplex the Bill Mahers of the world, who understand so little about it. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Kind of Experiment, Separating Gender and Sex: Why the Church Says No," 11 June 2019 Rebennack, who'd long had a fascination with occult mysticism and voodoo, told Battiste about creating a musical personality out of Dr. John, a male version of Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen. CBS News, "Dr. John, New Orleans musician whose hits included "Right Place, Wrong Time," has died at 77," 6 June 2019 Rebennack, who'd long had a fascination with occult mysticism and voodoo, told Battiste about creating a musical personality out of Dr. John, a male version of Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen. Kevin Mcgill And Cain Burdeau, azcentral, "Dr. John, colorful New Orleans musician and multiple Grammy winner, has died," 6 June 2019 And soon Elizabeth starts doing weird things with rocks, a touch of mysticism that just looks like writerly quirk run amok. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Big Little Lies season 2 is brilliantly acted and all over the place: EW review," 5 June 2019 My senses were blasted with a kaleidoscope of colorful, curving, intricate forms; evidence of Mackintosh’s fascination with nature, symbolism and mysticism. Sam Lubell, New York Times, "A Glasgow Architect’s Masterpiece Is Damaged, but Not His Magic," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of mysticism

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for mysticism

mystic entry 1 + -ism

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mysticism

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English Language Learners Definition of mysticism

: a religious practice based on the belief that knowledge of spiritual truth can be gained by praying or thinking deeply

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