[ mis-tik ]
/ ˈmɪs tɪk /



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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of mystic

1275–1325; Middle English mystik < Latin mysticus < Greek mystikós, equivalent to mýst(ēs) an initiate into the mysteries + -ikos -ic; akin to myeîn to initiate, teach

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Examples from the Web for mysticity

  • Nevertheless, the simple realism of the Roman ritual by no means meant, for him who could see, the absence of mysticity.

    Rome|Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • But mysticity saved him from plain paganism, and the art of the Gothic cathedral grew dear to him.

    A Mere Accident|George Moore

British Dictionary definitions for mysticity


/ (ˈmɪstɪk) /


a person who achieves mystical experience or an apprehension of divine mysteries


another word for mystical

Word Origin for mystic

C14: via Latin from Greek mustikos, from mustēs mystery initiate; related to muein to initiate into sacred rites

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Word Origin and History for mysticity
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