- 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.
- 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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Gebhards Italie mystique is interesting in connection with Francis.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
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- an aura of mystery, power, and awe that surrounds a person or thingthe mystique of the theatre; the mystique of computer programming
C20: from French (adj): mystic
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Word Origin and History for mystique
1891, "atmosphere of mystery," from French mystique "a mystic; mystical," from Latin mysticus (see mystic (adj.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper