mystic

[mis-tik]
adjective
  1. involving or characterized by esoteric, otherworldly, or symbolic practices or content, as certain religious ceremonies and art; spiritually significant; ethereal.
  2. of the nature of or pertaining to mysteries known only to the initiated: mystic rites.
  3. of occult character, power, or significance: a mystic formula.
  4. of obscure or mysterious character or significance.
  5. of or relating to mystics or mysticism.
noun
  1. 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.
  2. a person initiated into religious mysteries.

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
Related formsmys·tic·i·ty [mi-stis-i-tee] /mɪˈstɪs ɪ ti/, nounmys·tic·ly, adverban·ti·mys·tic, adjective, nounnon·mys·tic, adjective, nounsem·i·mys·tic, adjectiveun·mys·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mysticity

Historical Examples of 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

mystic

noun
  1. a person who achieves mystical experience or an apprehension of divine mysteries
adjective
  1. 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

mystic

adj.

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.

mystic

n.

"exponent of mystical theology," 1670s, from mystic (adj.). In Middle English, the noun meant "symbolic meaning, interpretation" (early 14c.).

Mystic

place name in Connecticut, U.S., deformed from Algonquian missituk "great tidal river," from missi "large" + -tuk "tidal river."

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