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mystique

[mi-steek]
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noun
  1. a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning: the mystique of Poe.
  2. an aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit: the mystique of nuclear science.
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Origin of mystique

1890–95; < French (adj.); see mystic
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British Dictionary definitions for mystique

mystique

noun
  1. an aura of mystery, power, and awe that surrounds a person or thingthe mystique of the theatre; the mystique of computer programming
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Word Origin

C20: from French (adj): mystic
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Word Origin and History for mystique

n.

1891, "atmosphere of mystery," from French mystique "a mystic; mystical," from Latin mysticus (see mystic (adj.)).

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