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[mis-ti-kuh l] /ˈmɪs tɪ kəl/
mystic; of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences, etc.:
a strange, mystical experience.
of or relating to mystics or mysticism:
mystical writings.
spiritually symbolic:
a mystical vision of the hereafter.
obscure in meaning; mysterious:
mystical circumstances.
Origin of mystical
1425-75; late Middle English. See mystic, -al1
Related forms
mystically, adverb
mysticality, mysticalness, noun
Synonym Study
1. See mysterious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mystically
Historical Examples
  • "Miss Saunders is going to paint me," said Charmian, mystically.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • It had a mystically religious, and also obviously sexual, signification.

    Pagan & Christian Creeds Edward Carpenter
  • It was mystically, intuitively, spiritually that I began to advance.

    Day and Night Stories Algernon Blackwood
  • He has been ridiculed for saying this, but he was mystically very right.

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • There was no leopard; he had vanished as mystically as a spirit might have done.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • Ethically, mystically, he was always a Christian; dogmatically he knew not what he was.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • I had been mystically moved by the man's presence; I was moved more by his absence.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • There were all kinds of speculations, ranging from the mystically sublime to the broadly comical.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He looked sadly, mystically, over the breastwork at the green face of a wood, where now were many little puffs of white smoke.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • Observe, now, in the upper portions of the composition, how the spirit of the age is mystically developed before the spectator.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for mystically


relating to or characteristic of mysticism
(Christianity) having a divine or sacred significance that surpasses natural human apprehension
having occult or metaphysical significance, nature, or force
a less common word for mysterious
Derived Forms
mystically, adverb
mysticalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mystically



late 15c., "enigmatic, obscure, symbolic," from mystic + -al (1). Related: Mystically. Meaning "having spiritual significance" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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