- the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of mystics.
- a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy.
- obscure thought or speculation.
Origin of mysticism
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Examples from the Web for mysticisms
This is a most wonderful thing, a religion that condemns all mysticisms.The Soul of a People
At all times and in all places, these two mysticisms have given each other the hand.Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good
From these mysticisms and technicalities of Troubadour and all other poetic guilds Browning decisively detaches his poet.Robert Browning
C. H. Herford
The Mormon people have a system of their own, somewhat complex, and gathered from the mysticisms of all the ages.Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 1 of 2)
B. H. Roberts
- belief in or experience of a reality surpassing normal human understanding or experience, esp a reality perceived as essential to the nature of life
- a system of contemplative prayer and spirituality aimed at achieving direct intuitive experience of the divine
- obscure or confused belief or thought
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Word Origin and History for mysticisms
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
In religion, the attempt by an individual to achieve a personal union with God or with some other divine being or principle. Mystics generally practice daily meditation.
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