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mystique

[mi-steek]
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noun
  1. a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning: the mystique of Poe.
  2. an aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit: the mystique of nuclear science.

Origin of mystique

1890–95; < French (adj.); see mystic
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mystique

noun
  1. an aura of mystery, power, and awe that surrounds a person or thingthe mystique of the theatre; the mystique of computer programming

Word Origin

C20: from French (adj): mystic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mystique

n.

1891, "atmosphere of mystery," from French mystique "a mystic; mystical," from Latin mysticus (see mystic (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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