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[mis-tuh-siz-uh m]
  1. the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of mystics.
  2. a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy.
  3. obscure thought or speculation.
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Origin of mysticism

First recorded in 1730–40; mystic + -ism
Related formsan·ti·mys·ti·cism, nounnon·mys·ti·cism, noun
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Examples from the Web for mysticisms

Historical Examples

  • This is a most wonderful thing, a religion that condemns all mysticisms.

    The Soul of a People

    H. Fielding

  • At all times and in all places, these two mysticisms have given each other the hand.

  • From these mysticisms and technicalities of Troubadour and all other poetic guilds Browning decisively detaches his poet.

    Robert Browning

    C. H. Herford

  • The Mormon people have a system of their own, somewhat complex, and gathered from the mysticisms of all the ages.

British Dictionary definitions for mysticisms


  1. belief in or experience of a reality surpassing normal human understanding or experience, esp a reality perceived as essential to the nature of life
  2. a system of contemplative prayer and spirituality aimed at achieving direct intuitive experience of the divine
  3. obscure or confused belief or thought
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Word Origin and History for mysticisms



1736, from mystic (adj.) + -ism.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mysticisms in Culture


In religion, the attempt by an individual to achieve a personal union with God or with some other divine being or principle. Mystics generally practice daily meditation.

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