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

Definition of mystic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of mystic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 The mystic feelings that users like Cote report — such as the loss of a sense of self, and the ability to set aside the past or think afresh about the future — are thought to arise from this reset of the DMN. Steve Volk, Rolling Stone, 22 June 2022 Marvel can easily explain this in future installments that deal with the supernatural or the mystic arts. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 May 2022 This, too, is revered for its energy — and for being the birthplace of Baba Vanga, the blind mystic and medium who holds a special place in Bulgarian culture. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022 The festival — which also hosts art installations, film screenings, sound baths and other endeavors into the intergalactic, mystic and occult — will boast DJs set from Nosaj Thing and Telefon Tel Aviv alongside sets by clipping. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2022 Zodrow said the museum, like the library’s rare book room and perhaps the abbey as a whole, represents the importance of preserving tradition and the mystic chords of communal memory. oregonlive, 14 May 2022 Her three background singers matched the mystic vibe as well in floor length black dresses. Bianca Brutus,, 22 Apr. 2022 The Northman sees Amleth commune with the astral projection of a mystic seer, fight a walking skeleton to claim a special sword, and chat to the disembodied head of an old friend. David Sims, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2022 Album of the year winner Jon Batiste’s earnest and honest speech about music as a mystic, subjective experience that finds its audience. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sprawling across a thousand pages decorated with period maps and etchings, the Nobel Prize winner’s novel revolves around a real-life 18th-century Polish mystic named Jacob Frank. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2022 Upcoming productions include a miniseries based on the popular Asterix comic books for Netflix and Raspoutine, a feature biopic about infamous Russian mystic Rasputin from My Summer in Provence director Rose Bosch. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 Sprawling across a thousand pages decorated with period maps and etchings, the story revolves around a real-life 18th-century Polish mystic named Jacob Frank (1726-1791). Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 Benedict Cumberbatch plays the impulsive mystic, and is rejoined by Rachel McAdams (Dr. Christine Palmer), Benedict Wong (Wong) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo) from the first movie. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2022 Weil is best known as a political philosopher, a revolutionary trade-union activist, a mystic who devoted her last years to the search for sacred truth, and a Jew who turned to Catholicism, rejecting her heritage. Jacqueline Rose, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2022 Fernando Pessoa, the Portuguese poet, critic, translator, mystic and giant of modernism, published a few books that went mostly unnoticed during his lifetime. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Not that sun-and-fun vacation adventures don’t come with their own mystic, and potentially blinding, romance mojo. Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Oct. 2021 Its byways are as meandering as the garden, winding through meditations on soil, tea, varieties of rain and, this being Ireland, wandering into the mystic. Dominique Browning, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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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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Definition of Mystic

river in eastern Massachusetts flowing southeast into Boston Harbor

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