Origin of mysterious
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1. secret, esoteric, occult, cryptic. 3. unfathomable, unintelligible, incomprehensible, enigmatic, impenetrable.
1. Mysterious, inscrutable, mystical, obscure refer to that which is not easily comprehended or explained. That which is mysterious, by being unknown or puzzling, excites curiosity, amazement, or awe: a mysterious disease. Inscrutable applies to that which is impenetrable, so enigmatic that one cannot interpret its significance: an inscrutable smile. That which is mystical has a secret significance, such as that attaching to certain rites or signs: mystical symbols. That which is obscure is discovered or comprehended dimly or with difficulty: obscure motives.
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Examples from the Web for mysteriousness
She was mysterious, with the mysteriousness of living beings.The Secret Agent
Janzen was at last emerging from his wonted frigidity and mysteriousness.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I may be able to very soon, and clear up all this mysteriousness, that is worrying me so.Frank Roscoe's Secret
He was impressed and interested by the mysteriousness of the effect.Chance
The mysteriousness of his quickened heart-beats startled him.Under Western Eyes
- characterized by or indicative of mystery
- puzzling, curious, or enigmatic
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Word Origin and History for mysteriousness
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