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

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
Recent Examples on the Web In the Renaissance Revival Room, Julie Dash brings a mystical dimension to the reality of Ann Lowe’s life as a black designer. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 May 2022 No longer is the prince leading Snow White out of the forest to a mystical castle in the sky. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 That explains the notes of musk, sage, amber, incense, iris root and mirabelle, a mystical combination that stays with you after the perfume has faded. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The idea of intelligence without a brain can sound mystical or speculative, but the initiative has attracted quite a lot of human intelligence—including Levin, who has appeared as a guest speaker—so I was intrigued. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 Kevin plots to catch the tooth fairy, while Randall admits to fearing the mystical creature. Amanda Ostuni,, 11 May 2022 The Essex Serpent follows two people — widow Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes) and clergy member William Ransome (Tom Hiddleston) — as their lives change with the presence of a mystical serpent. Kelly Wynne,, 26 Apr. 2022 And where better for these Mixlings to live than a mystical castle with surprises around every corner? Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 The entertaining show moved swiftly and fascinatingly in its blend of history, magic and mystical visitations. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Mystical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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