mysterious

[ mi-steer-ee-uhs ]
/ mɪˈstɪər i əs /
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adjective

full of, characterized by, or involving mystery: a mysterious occurrence.
implying or suggesting a mystery: a mysterious smile.
of obscure nature, meaning, origin, etc.; puzzling; inexplicable: a mysterious inscription on the ancient tomb.

Nearby words

  1. myspace,
  2. mystagogic,
  3. mystagogue,
  4. mystagogy,
  5. mysteries,
  6. mysteriously,
  7. mystery,
  8. mystery bag,
  9. mystery play,
  10. mystery tour

Origin of mysterious

First recorded in 1610–20; mystery1 + -ous

Related forms

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for mysteriously

mysterious

/ (mɪˈstɪərɪəs) /

adjective

characterized by or indicative of mystery
puzzling, curious, or enigmatic
Derived Formsmysteriously, adverbmysteriousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mysteriously

mysterious

adj.

1610s, "full of mystery," from Latin mysterium (see mystery (n.1)) + -ous. Related: Mysteriously; mysteriousness. Earlier in same sense was mysterial (early 15c.), from Late Latin mysterialis.

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