[ mis-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˈmɪs tɪ kəl /


mystic; of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences, etc.: a strange, mystical experience.
of or relating to mystics or mysticism: mystical writings.
spiritually symbolic: a mystical vision of the hereafter.
obscure in meaning; mysterious: mystical circumstances.

Nearby words

  1. mystery,
  2. mystery bag,
  3. mystery play,
  4. mystery tour,
  5. mystic,
  6. mystical theology,
  7. mystically,
  8. mysticete,
  9. mysticism,
  10. mysticity

Origin of mystical

1425–75; late Middle English. See mystic, -al1

Related formsmys·ti·cal·ly, adverbmys·ti·cal·i·ty, mys·ti·cal·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See mysterious. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mystically


/ (ˈmɪstɪkəl) /


relating to or characteristic of mysticism
Christianity having a divine or sacred significance that surpasses natural human apprehension
having occult or metaphysical significance, nature, or force
a less common word for mysterious
Derived Formsmystically, adverbmysticalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mystically



late 15c., "enigmatic, obscure, symbolic," from mystic + -al (1). Related: Mystically. Meaning "having spiritual significance" is from 1520s.

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