- involving or characterized by esoteric, otherworldly, or symbolic practices or content, as certain religious ceremonies and art; spiritually significant; ethereal.
- of the nature of or pertaining to mysteries known only to the initiated: mystic rites.
- of occult character, power, or significance: a mystic formula.
- of obscure or mysterious character or significance.
- of or relating to mystics or mysticism.
- a person who claims to attain, or believes in the possibility of attaining, insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge, as by direct communication with the divine or immediate intuition in a state of spiritual ecstasy.
- a person initiated into religious mysteries.
Origin of mystic
- a section of Groton, in SE Connecticut: maritime museum.
Related Wordsmystical, otherworldly, supernatural, occult, imaginary, visionary, magic, spiritual, abstruse, anagogic, arcane, cabalistic, cryptic, esoteric, hidden, impenetrable, inscrutable, magical, metaphysical, mysterious
Examples from the Web for mystic
At Temple, Coltrane no longer operated as a jazz artist improvising melodies, but more like a mystic on a vision quest.What if Jazz Giant John Coltrane Had Lived?
September 14, 2014
The other night, quite by chance, I came across some lines in Rumi, the 13th-century poet—a Sufi mystic from Persia.Only Iraq Can Save Itself From Chaos
June 26, 2014
Then bed down in the seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, with views of the wharf from your private room at the Steamboat Inn.The U.S. Road Trips You Should Really Take
April 26, 2014
It revealed his vulnerability to ideas, ideology, and mystic hoo-ha.Norman Mailer: A Life Lived Loud
October 20, 2013
"The yuppies are coming," a cop complains in Mystic River, like a 21st-century Paul Revere.Enough With the Boston Movies!
December 9, 2010
It is bitter in Baudelaire, sweet and plaintive in Lamartine, mystic in Verlaine.De Profundis
You were in a poppy sleep on the mystic flowers of ancient dreams.Quaint Courtships
There was that mystic depth of expression which comes from ancient Egypt.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
But they are, above all, the thoughts of a mystic, moving in a Divine presence.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
This, then, was that mystic past against which her figure had stood out!Cleo The Magnificent
- a person who achieves mystical experience or an apprehension of divine mysteries
- another word for mystical
Word Origin and History for mystic
late 14c., "spiritually allegorical, pertaining to mysteries of faith," from Old French mistique "mysterious, full of mystery" (14c.), or directly from Latin mysticus "mystical, mystic, of secret rites" (source also of Italian mistico, Spanish mistico), from Greek mystikos "secret, mystic, connected with the mysteries," from mystes "one who has been initiated" (see mystery (n.1)). Meaning "pertaining to occult practices or ancient religions" first recorded 1610s.
"exponent of mystical theology," 1670s, from mystic (adj.). In Middle English, the noun meant "symbolic meaning, interpretation" (early 14c.).
place name in Connecticut, U.S., deformed from Algonquian missituk "great tidal river," from missi "large" + -tuk "tidal river."