mysterious

Definitions

  • The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
    The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mysterious having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding "mysterious symbols","the mystical style of Blake","occult lore","the secret learning of the ancients"
    • adj mysterious of an obscure nature "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms","a deep dark secret","the inscrutable workings of Providence","in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson","rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Edgar Allan Poe introduced mystery fiction's first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in his 1841 story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."
    • a Mysterious Of or pertaining to mystery; containing a mystery; difficult or impossible to understand; inexplicable; obscure; not revealed or explained; enigmatical; incomprehensible. "God at last
      To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied,
      Thought in mysterious terms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant detective, arrived on the mystery scene in the late nineteenth century in "A Study in Scarlet" (1887).
    • mysterious Partaking of or containing mystery; obscure; not revealed or explained; unintelligible.
    • mysterious Expressing, intimating, or implying a mystery: as, a mysterious look; his manner was very mysterious and important. Synonyms Mysterious, Mystic, Cabalistic, dark, occult, enigmatical, incomprehensible, inscrutable. Mysterious is the most common word for that which is unknown and excites curiosity and perhaps awe; the word is sometimes used where mystic would be more precise. Mystic is especially used of that which has been designed to excite and baffle curiosity, involving meanings in signs, rites, etc., but not with sufficient plainness to be understood by any but the initiated. Mystic is used poetically for mysterious; it may imply the power of prophesying. The meaning of cabalistic is shaped by the facts of the Jewish Cabala. The word is therefore applicable especially to occult meanings attributed to written signs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A "clue" originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to "unravel" the clues of a mystery.
    • adj Mysterious containing mystery: obscure: secret: incomprehensible
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Quotations

  • Alice Meynell
    Alice Meynell
    “Let a man turn to his own childhood -- no further -- if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.”
  • Diane Ackerman
    Diane Ackerman
    “It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.”
  • Jules Renard
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    “We spend our lives talking about this mystery. Our life.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “Now comes the mystery.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mystèrieux,. See 1st Mystery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. mysterie—L. mysterium—Gr. mystērionmystēs, one initiated—muein, to close the eyes.

Usage

In literature:

Almost immediately on their arrival Nort and Dick, who were then rightly classed as "tenderfeet," became involved in a strange mystery.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
At each turn I seemed to be confronted by mystery which piled upon mystery.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
The poet of the veiled child at the heart of the world is naturally a poet of the mystery of tears and the mystery of sleep.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Then, as to the other bodies of our system, what are we to say of those mysterious objects, the comets?
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
There was some strange mystery here that must be explained.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
All the earth's vast mysterious past is lumped under this title.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Mystery seems to heap upon mystery.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
It was always a mystery to me what Frank saw in her.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
It was a mystery which, however, before long, was to be increased a hundredfold.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
Enormous eventualities would be consequent upon solving the mystery of that man's death.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Her eyes were large and dark and mysterious.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It had the effect of heightening, mysteriously and indescribably, the joy, the madness, and the splendor.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
They were stolen from me, stolen in some mysterious way I can't understand.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
At the last carriage the mystery was solved.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
However, she seemed, through, some mysterious news agency of her own, to know everything without information from the Brownies.
"Old Farm Fairies:" by Henry Christopher McCook
This suggested that the sapphire was the central point of the mystery.
"Christopher Quarles" by Percy James Brebner
Indeed, they seemed to appear most mysteriously from the ground.
"The Corner House Girls' Odd Find" by Grace Brooks Hill
English experts have crossed the ocean to unravel the mystery and it remains a mystery still.
"Dangerous Ground" by Lawrence L. Lynch
He lived entirely for himself, and to the few people he occasionally met he was a mystery.
"If Any Man Sin" by H. A. Cody
It won't be any fun going there alone, particularly if there's a mystery about the place.
"The Motor Girls at Camp Surprise" by Margaret Penrose
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In poetry:

To-morrow how shall sound for me
The changing voice of wind and sea?
What tidings shall be borne of each?
What rumour of what mystery?
"Changed Voices" by William Watson
I'm done with this burning and giving
And reeling the rhymes of my woes.
And how I'll be making my living,
The Lord in His mystery knows.
"Pour Prendre Conge" by Dorothy Parker
How oft to Mystery and Time
Returned, their ancient ways to hold,
With lips that never yet have told
The tidings of that distant clime—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
He hears his saints, he knows their cry,
And by mysterious ways
Redeems the pris'ners doomed to die,
And fills their tongues with praise.
"Psalm 102 part 1" by Isaac Watts
No word betrayed the mystery fine,
That trembled on the singer's tongue;
He came and went, and left no sign
Behind him save the song he sung.
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And lost within the glooms that fill
The Night's primordial realm unknown,
See Mystery on a vaster throne
And Truth's far face receding still.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling

In news:

Here's yet another mystery suggested by a reader.
Karl Tate, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor.
Curious tourists searching for some of the historic mystery of the landmark Biograph Theatre will be hard-pressed to find any when it reopens its doors this September.
Daybreak Daily's afternoon gaze across the pop-culture landscape finds conflicting sources, a return of Mr Sheen, other things, and the mystery music video.
There is a moodiness to black, a mystery, an assumed elegance when it stands alone.
How Hooters earned the ire of women's rights groups while Tilted Kilt escaped their notice is a mystery.
BAY CITY, MI — One of my great mysteries of life is why Snickerdoodles aren't covered in chocolate and filled with caramel and nuts.
An algorithmically designed mirror promises to do away with the visual mysteries of the road.
A Boisterous Mystery at Village Theatre.
He's put himself at the crossroads of neuroscience and the humanities with books delving into the neuro-mysteries of the way the brain makes decisions.
Mystery Char from Kamchatka, Stone Char. Upload fly-fishing pictures.
What triggers violence remains a mystery.
Researchers Finally Solve Charles Darwin 's Mystery.
A Countryman Tries to Unravel the Unsolved Mystery of Charles Nungesser's Last Flight.
Charlie Chaplin 's real name a mystery.
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In science:

Melikyan algebras, still described as something somewhat mysterious and usually only for p = 5, are, as we will see, no more mysterious than g(2) for which recalls Cartan’s lucid description.
Structures of G(2) type and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
Why this always appears to be the case for the operational laws described is a bit of a mystery to us.
The polynomial method for random matrices
The Poisson boundary for the dual of SUq (n) was computed by Izumi, Neshveyev and Tuset in , but its Martin boundary remains mysterious.
Identification of the Poisson and Martin boundaries of orthogonal discrete quantum groups
Many believe that resolving the mystery of the dark energy will force a radical change in our understand of fundamental physics.
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
This expectation has generated great interest in the dark energy and widespread enthusiasm for an aggressive observational program to help resolve this mystery.
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
The precise form of the map, however, remains a mystery.
On the pp-wave limit and the BMN structure of new Sasaki-Einstein spaces
Using this system Brou´e, Malle and Michel construct analogous transformations for the spetses, which until now remain mysterious ob jects.
Fusion algebras for imprimitive complex reflection groups
On this domain the Laplace transform is well approximated by the sum of two terms: the expected contribution of an exponential distribution, and the mysterious looking function ξn (k) which is, essentially, the probability that Yn started from zk hits 0 in the first n log n steps.
Hitting time of large subsets of the hypercube
Through the years, various proposals have been made to render this “schizoid ” phenomena less mysterious.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
It is the purpose here to parse the logic of some modern optics experiments plumbing the mysteries of complementarity of electromagnetic interaction.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
Rosenberg, “On mysteriously missing T-duals, H-flux and the T-duality group,” hep-th/0409073 .
NS-NS fluxes in Hitchin's generalized geometry
However, it is a direct generalization of the well known twofoldedness of the Kerr space-time which remains one of the mysteries of the Kerr solution for the very long time.
The Kerr Theorem, Multisheeted Twistor Spaces and Multiparticle Kerr-Schild Solutions
It is not mysterious, since the parameter β has coefficients xi , but θ not in EV models.
The Central Limit Theorem for LS Estimator in Simple Linear Ev Regression Models
Even for very explicit examples where the geometry of the surface is very well understood, this group remains mysterious. A conjectural description of it was first proposed by Szendr˝oi in .
Automorphisms and autoequivalences of generic analytic K3 surfaces
Very surprisingly, the groups of automorphisms and autoequivalences which are quite mysterious in the algebraic case, can be explicitly studied in the generic analytic case.
Automorphisms and autoequivalences of generic analytic K3 surfaces
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