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mystical

[mis-ti-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. mystic; of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences, etc.: a strange, mystical experience.
  2. of or relating to mystics or mysticism: mystical writings.
  3. spiritually symbolic: a mystical vision of the hereafter.
  4. obscure in meaning; mysterious: mystical circumstances.

Origin of mystical

1425–75; late Middle English. See mystic, -al1
Related formsmys·ti·cal·ly, adverbmys·ti·cal·i·ty, mys·ti·cal·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See mysterious.
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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.

  • 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.

  • There was no leopard; he had vanished as mystically as a spirit might have done.


British Dictionary definitions for mystically

mystical

adjective
  1. relating to or characteristic of mysticism
  2. Christianity having a divine or sacred significance that surpasses natural human apprehension
  3. having occult or metaphysical significance, nature, or force
  4. a less common word for mysterious
Derived Formsmystically, adverbmysticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mystically

mystical

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper