Origin of mysterious
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1. Mysterious, inscrutable, mystical, obscure refer to that which is not easily comprehended or explained. That which is mysterious, by being unknown or puzzling, excites curiosity, amazement, or awe: a mysterious disease. Inscrutable applies to that which is impenetrable, so enigmatic that one cannot interpret its significance: an inscrutable smile. That which is mystical has a secret significance, such as that attaching to certain rites or signs: mystical symbols. That which is obscure is discovered or comprehended dimly or with difficulty: obscure motives.
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Related Wordsenigmatic, mystical, mystifying, perplexing, puzzling, cryptic, unknown, inscrutable, magical, inexplicable, baffling, dark, strange, secretive, curious, obscure, weird, abstruse, arcane, cabalistic
Examples from the Web for mysterious
“Vicious pecking, avian hysteria, mysterious deaths, and even cannibalism” are the results, he writes.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
Perhaps the mysterious Martian methane, and its strange fluctuations, are part of that story.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
Part of that was due to the elimination of the Mysterious Man.
Like Fosse did with Cabaret, Marshall excised two major characters: the Narrator and the Mysterious Man.
For some mysterious reason, colonoscopy providers are not held to these same standards despite a similar rate of complications.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says
December 8, 2014
By some mysterious power you have ever known my heart better than I myself have known it.
All who listened were deeply impressed by language so mysterious.
From the first moment you spoke, I have felt this mysterious power.
"The beauty that lies within has ever a mysterious power," answered Plato.
She prevails, and rescues him from the mysterious perils of the library.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- characterized by or indicative of mystery
- puzzling, curious, or enigmatic
Word Origin and History for mysterious
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper