SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of mysterious
First recorded in
1610–20; mystery 1
-ous Related forms mys·te·ri·ous·ly, adverb mys·te·ri·ous·ness, noun qua·si-mys·te·ri·ous, adjective qua·si-mys·te·ri·ous·ly, adverb un·mys·te·ri·ous, adjective un·mys·te·ri·ous·ly, adverb un·mys·te·ri·ous·ness, noun 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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Examples from the Web for mysteriousness Historical Examples of mysteriousness
She was mysterious, with the
mysteriousness of living beings.
Janzen was at last emerging from his wonted frigidity and
I may be able to very soon, and clear up all this
mysteriousness, that is worrying me so.
He was impressed and interested by the
mysteriousness of the effect.
mysteriousness of his quickened heart-beats startled him. British Dictionary definitions for mysteriousness adjective characterized by or indicative of mystery puzzling, curious, or enigmatic Derived Forms mysteriously, adverb mysteriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mysteriousness 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper