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
c : inducing a feeling of awe or wonder
d : having magical properties



Definition of mystic (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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 for mystic

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 This new space seats 240 people, and the walls bear photos of the mystic society’s past queens. Michelle Matthews |, al, "After decades of neglect, it’s time for this historic home in Mobile to shine once again," 12 Feb. 2020 Benedict Cumberbatch is reprising his role as the master of the mystic arts while Jade Bartlett is still a writer on the project. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' Loses Director Scott Derrickson," 9 Jan. 2020 The nation’s first mystic society would survive the next 50 years. Kelly Kazek |, al, "When Alabama’s Mardi Gras was a New Year’s celebration," 24 Dec. 2019 The book conveys the yearning for a unity of being that can only be achieved, according to the mystic tradition that Gibran followed, through love. Time, "The Boss: How I Became the CEO of One of America's Largest Real Estate Firms," 7 June 2018 Photo illustration by Andrew White for The New York Times For years, the fliers of a mystic consultant named Keano have cast a spell over the New York City subway. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Keano Is N.Y.’s Most Famous and Mysterious Subway Psychic. I Found Her.," 8 Nov. 2019 Also, mystic members questioned why the current Civic Center was not worth salvaging. Lily Jackson |,, "Mardi Gras leaders, Mobile city council want to stay downtown. Who will pay?," 16 July 2019 Talbot said Stimpson broached the subject during a private meeting with mystic society representatives. al, "Can Mobile unmask the true worth of Mardi Gras?," 4 Aug. 2019 Her mystic debate closing was only more fodder for online snark and late-night comedy. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The men’s defending champion played on Arthur Ashe Stadium today and, as the mystics would say: Djokovic was Djokovic-ing. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts on Day 1 of the U.S. Open: Williams Sisters Dominate," 26 Aug. 2019 Much of this probably stems from the Prince’s relationship with the South African mystic Laurens van der Post, who turned him on to esoteric pursuits ranging from Jungian analysis to vegetarianism. The New Yorker, "Can “The Crown” Make Us Crush on Prince Charles?," 5 Dec. 2019 Wise died in 1948, but her legend as a Christian mystic has blossomed with time. Washington Post, "‘Miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push," 18 Aug. 2019 Give Me Liberty goes on to describe the application and extension of the quasi-mystic premises of Jefferson’s Declaration to larger swathes of American life. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Richard Brookhiser’s Give Me Liberty: A Manual for Patriots," 7 Nov. 2019 Our shores are an oddly fertile breeding ground for all manner of cultists, mystics and new religious movements. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uniquely California rise of Marianne Williamson," 31 July 2019 Learn about the glacier’s unique magnetic field, which serves as a pilgrimage site for mystics and others who practice Norse paganism. National Geographic, "Iceland Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 There’s something special in the desert, though: blue sky on the barren horizon, new species round every canyon, mystics of rumor, a wolfman with glowing red eyes sipping the strong stuff. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 In 1887 the Villa Montezuma in Sherman Heights was built as a home for Jesse Shepherd, musician, mystic and artist. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: An 1887 tour of the Villa Montezuma," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mystic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mystic


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


probably derivative of mystic entry 1

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17 Feb 2020

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“Mystic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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


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

Kids Definition of mystic

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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