noun, plural mys·ter·ies.
- a sacramental rite.
- the Eucharist.
- ancient religions that admitted candidates by secret rites and rituals the meaning of which was known only to initiated worshipers.
- any rites or secrets known only to those initiated: the mysteries of Freemasonry.
- (in the Christian religion) the Eucharistic elements.
- mystery bag,
- mystery play,
- mystery tour,
Origin of mystery1
noun, plural mys·ter·ies. Archaic.
Origin of mystery2
Examples from the Web for mystery
The fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the 162 souls on board is a tragedy, but it will not remain a mystery for much longer.
So far, the mystery man in the morgue has not been identified, and neither has Mr. Douli.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Due to the video lacking audio, what they were fighting about remains a mystery—“was Jay cheating?”Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.
It was a mystery to devout Christians in the early Church, too.
Accepted them, rather, as a part of the mystery which wrapped him about.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart
The mystery was gradually being cleared up; the complications unravelled; and he saw things in a new light.The Weird of the Wentworths, Vol. 2|Johannes Scotus
Evidently this hypothesis plunges us into mystery, at least as much as does the spiritualist hypothesis.Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research|Michael Sage
He appeared to be somewhat excited, and went about his operations with an air at once of slyness and of mystery.The Lonely Island|R.M. Ballantyne
Hear ye, friend, have ye any skill in the mystery of cordwainers?
noun plural -teries
Word Origin for mystery
noun plural -teries archaic
Word Origin for mystery
early 14c., in a theological sense, "religious truth via divine revelation, hidden spiritual significance, mystical truth," from Anglo-French *misterie, Old French mistere "secret, mystery, hidden meaning" (Modern French mystère), from Latin mysterium "secret rite, secret worship; a secret thing," from Greek mysterion (usually in plural mysteria) "secret rite or doctrine," from mystes "one who has been initiated," from myein "to close, shut" (see mute (adj.)); perhaps referring to the lips (in secrecy) or to the eyes (only initiates were allowed to see the sacred rites).
The Greek word was used in Septuagint for "secret counsel of God," translated in Vulgate as sacramentum. Non-theological use in English, "a hidden or secret thing," is from late 14c. In reference to the ancient rites of Greece, Egypt, etc. it is attested from 1640s. Meaning "detective story" first recorded in English 1908.
"handicraft, trade, art" (archaic), late 14c., from Medieval Latin misterium, alteration of Latin ministerium "service, occupation, office, ministry" (see ministry), influenced in form by Medieval Latin mysterium (see mystery (n.1)) and in sense by maistrie "mastery." Now only in mystery play, in reference to the medieval performances, which often were staged by members of craft guilds. The two senses of mystery formed a common pun in (secular) Tudor theater.