mystic

adjective
mys·​tic | \ ˈmi-stik How to pronounce mystic (audio) \

Definition of mystic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2 : of or relating to mysteries or esoteric rites : occult
3 : of or relating to mysticism or mystics
4a : mysterious
c : inducing a feeling of awe or wonder
d : having magical properties

mystic

noun

Definition of mystic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a follower of a mystical way of life
2 : an advocate of a theory of mysticism

Mystic

geographical name
Mys·​tic | \ ˈmi-stik How to pronounce Mystic (audio) \

Definition of Mystic (Entry 3 of 3)

river in eastern Massachusetts flowing southeast into Boston Harbor

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Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of mystic in a Sentence

Adjective She had a mystic vision while praying. the notion that a cat has nine lives is based upon the belief that nine is a mystic number
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When this white mystic creature turned up in the Arctic waters of Norway, bordering Russia, American activists turned up. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards," 21 Apr. 2021 In Mobile, some mystic societies have early celebrations in November while others kick off the season either on New Year’s Eve or during Twelfth Night on January 6. al, "‘There is going to be a parade’: Mobile poised for first post-COVID Mardi Gras-like parade on Gulf Coast," 20 Apr. 2021 If Sub-Zero has mystic freezing properties (something that’s not even worth trying to explain with science, for obvious reasons), creating the bloody icicle wouldn’t be too much trickier than creating a basic water one. James Grebey, Vulture, "Could You Really Stab Somebody With Their Own Frozen Blood or Is Mortal Kombat Lying to Me?," 19 Apr. 2021 The four girls had a kind of mystic and abstract presence. Sasha Bonét, Vulture, "Dawoud Bey on 6 Photos That Pushed His Work Forward," 12 Apr. 2021 The flowing lava, hot terrain and mystic cloud cover have attracted plenty of visitors and scientists alike to the Reykjanes Peninsula. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "After rare Iceland volcano eruption, people rush to catch a glimpse," 22 Mar. 2021 Her quest to rescue him from The Pit will bring her up against some of the scariest figures from The Sandman, like occult mystic Roderick Burgess and the walking nightmare known as The Corinthian. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Read the first four pages of The Sandman/Locke & Key comic crossover in exclusive preview," 9 Mar. 2021 Following the first Doctor Strange film in 2016, the upcoming MCU project will focus on the mysterious neurosurgeon and master of the mystic arts after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What 'WandaVision' Fans Need to Realize About the Upcoming 'Doctor Strange' 2 Movie," 5 Mar. 2021 Reading Peterson the clinician can be illuminating; reading his mystic twin is like slogging through wet sand. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "What Happened to Jordan Peterson?," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The stampede occurred during celebrations of Lag BaOmer, at Mount Meron, the resting place of a second century sage and Jewish mystic, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "'A heavy disaster': More than 40 killed as stampede crushes attendees of religious festival in Israel," 30 Apr. 2021 Lag BaOmer draws tens of thousands of people, most of them ultra-Orthodox Jews, each year to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. Josef Federman, Anchorage Daily News, "Scores dead in crowd crush during religious festival in Israel," 30 Apr. 2021 The disaster occurred at Mount Meron at the main celebrations of Lag BaOmer, a holiday when tens of thousands of people, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, gather to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. Joseph Krauss, chicagotribune.com, "Stampede at Israeli religious festival reportedly leaves at least 44 dead, 150 hospitalized," 30 Apr. 2021 Tens of thousands of people had gathered at the foot of Mount Meron to celebrate Lag BaOmer, a Jewish holiday honoring Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. Fox News, "Dozens injured in stampede at big Israeli religious festival," 30 Apr. 2021 Many of those present at the site were ultra-Orthodox Jews, who were at Mount Meron to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century sage and mystic buried at the site. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Religious Festival Stampede Kills Dozens," 30 Apr. 2021 The disaster occurred at Mount Meron at the main celebrations of Lag BaOmer, a holiday when tens of thousands of people, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, gather to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Israeli medic: Nearly 40 people killed in stampede," 29 Apr. 2021 The disaster occurred at Mount Meron at the main celebrations of Lag BaOmer, a holiday when tens of thousands of people, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, gather to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. BostonGlobe.com, "Nearly 40 people killed in stampede in Israel," 29 Apr. 2021 Despite the Passion framing, the piece is not an unalloyed celebration of Weil, a mystic and philosopher. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of mystic

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mystic

Adjective

Middle English mystyke "open to symbolic or spiritual interpretation," borrowed from Latin mysticus "of secret rites, secret," borrowed from Greek mystikós, from mýstēs "person initiated (into a religious cult)" (probably from mys-, variant stem of mȳ́ein "to close, shut [the eyes]"—of uncertain origin— + -tēs, agent suffix) + ikos -ic entry 1

Noun

probably derivative of mystic entry 1

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The first known use of mystic was in the 14th century

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

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mystic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mystic

: a person who tries to gain religious or spiritual knowledge through prayer and deep thought : someone who practices mysticism

mystic

adjective
mys·​tic | \ ˈmi-stik How to pronounce mystic (audio) \

Kids Definition of mystic

1 : mystical
2 : relating to magic Every beautiful morning the Magic was worked by the mystic circle under the plum tree …— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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