mystic

Definitions

  • Mystical figure
    Mystical figure
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mystic 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 mystic relating to or characteristic of mysticism "mystical religion"
    • adj mystic relating to or resembling mysticism "mystical intuition","mystical theories about the securities market"
    • n mystic someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension
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NIGHT PARADE OF THE MYSTIC CREW—MARDI-GRAS FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS NIGHT PARADE OF THE MYSTIC CREW—MARDI-GRAS FESTIVAL, NEW ORLEANS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mystic employing mysticism; as, mystical intuition; mystical explanations; -- contrasted to logical rational analytical.
    • Mystic Importing or implying mysticism; involving some secret meaning; allegorical; emblematical; as, a mystic dance; mystic Babylon. "Thus, then, did the spirit of unity and meekness inspire every joint and sinew of the mystical body."
    • n Mystic One given to mysticism; one who holds mystical views, interpretations, etc.; especially, in ecclesiastical history, one who professed mysticism. See Mysticism.
    • Mystic Remote from or beyond human comprehension; baffling human understanding; unknowable; obscure; mysterious. "Heaven's numerous hierarchy span
      The mystic gulf from God to man."
      "God hath revealed a way mystical and supernatural."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mystic Pertaining to any of the ancient mysteries.
    • mystic Hidden from or obscure to human knowledge or comprehension: pertaining to what is obscure or incomprehensible; mysterious; dark; obscure; specifically, expressing a sense comprehensible only to a higher grade of intelligence or to those especially initiated.
    • mystic Of or pertaining to mystics or mysticism.
    • mystic In the civil law of Louisiana, sealed or closed: as, a Mystic testament
    • mystic Synonyms and Cabalistic, etc. See mysterious.
    • n mystic One who accepts or preaches some form of mysticism; specifically [capitalized], one who holds to the possibility of direct conscious and unmistakable intercourse with God by a species of ecstasy. See Quietist, Pietist, Gichtelian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mystic mis′tik relating to, or containing, mystery: sacredly obscure or secret: involving a sacred or a secret meaning hidden from the eyes of the ordinary reader, only revealed to a spiritually enlightened mind, allegorical: belonging to mysticism
    • n Mystic one who seeks for direct intercourse with God in elevated religious feeling or ecstasy
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Quotations

  • Werner Erhard
    Werner Erhard
    “This is it. There are no hidden meanings. All that mystical stuff is just what's so.”
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
    Ryszard%20Kapuscinski
    “We follow the mystics. They know where they are going. They, too, go astray, but when they go astray they do so in a way that is mystical, dark, and mysterious.”
  • Milan Kundera
    Milan%20Kundera
    “Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.”
  • Louis Claude de St. Martin
    Louis Claude de St. Martin
    “All mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country.”
  • Junius
    Junius
    “It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one members suffers, all the members suffer with it.”
  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mysticus, Gr. belonging to secret rites, from one initiated: cf. F. mystique,. See 1st Mystery Misty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mysticus—Gr. mystikos. Cf. Mystery, a secret doctrine.

Usage

In literature:

Do not be frightened by talking about mysticism.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
In all ages we have the mystic.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
The Religion of Mysticism 303 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
They noticed these things little, however, as the mystic and ghostly effect of the village was deepening.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Describe the mystic circle.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
This ring is of gold, much bent and defaced, and inscribed with mystic words inside and outside the hoop.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
Your sense of reality has been destroyed by this mysticism of the East.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
We will study first the historical Christ; secondly, the mythic Christ; thirdly, the mystic Christ.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant
Until recent years the word mysticism was sufficiently true to its derivation to imply mystery, the relation of God to man.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
The late afternoon was a poem of mystic clouds and mysterious shadows.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
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In poetry:

The day was at its twilighting;
One cloud o'erhead spread a vast wing
Of rosy thunder; vanishing
Above the far hills' mystic ring.
"A Reed Shaken In The Wind" by Madison Julius Cawein
And the mystic who sees the star-folk throng,
Where we but the noonday blue,
Knows no religion yet was wrong
And never a myth untrue.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Tremble not, brother, fear not thou,
For yonder wild and mystic strain
Will bring before us strangely now
The visions of our youth again!
"The Souls' Rising" by George MacDonald
While the mystic twist is spinning,
And the infant's life beginning,
Dimly seen through twilingt bending,
Lo, what varied shapes attending!
"Twist Ye, Twine Ye" by Sir Walter Scott
In vain I watch the day and night,
In vain the world through space may roll;
I never see the mystic light
Which fills the poet's happy soul.
"The Poet's Secret" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
For love we Earth, then serve we all;
Her mystic secret then is ours:
We fall, or view our treasures fall,
Unclouded, as beholds her flowers
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith

In news:

Mystics hope to put together two halves of good basketball against Indiana.
Trudi Lacey, left, made a roster move Wednesday in an attempt to halt the Mystics' current losing streak.
Mark Rohrig Mystical Realist .
Bob marley & the wailers natural mystic germany '80 (mech-35101-2) meldac (japan).
Mystical religious sect accuses feds of screwing up.
Visitors to this mystical gathering of states come and go and some of them stay.
I want to tell you about exciting new research into the strange and mystical origins of rockets .
There's a certain something about Savannah that can only be described as mystical.
On it the newly invented atomic bomb and the mystical powers of New Mexico's Pueblo people teeter back and forth.
Mystical Star, Teeth of the Dog win at Belmont.
Today's Top Tune is a tribute to a mystical rabbi, it's called "Bal Shem Tov.".
Editor's Note: Reporter Ted Mann and photojournalist Sean D Elliot are in Cuba with Amistad, the reproduction schooner built at Mystic Seaport.
Smallmouth bass have a mystical quality to them.
Mystic Island Festival And SOJA And Paia Fourth Friday And Freda Payne And Sean Michael Hower.
FIFTH ANNUAL MYSTIC ISLAND FESTIVAL.
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In science:

Wheeler : “Mystic and murky is the measure many make of the meaning of Mach”.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Natural scientists have long held a fascination, sometimes bordering on mystical obsession for helical structures in nature.
Position vectors of a spacelike general helices in Minkowski Space $\e_1^3$
Emergence is often invoked in an almost mystical sense regarding the capabilities of behavior-based systems.
Definability in the Real Universe
This gives the story a chilling air of mysticism.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
There is no mystical arena, unobservable to mortals, which evolves according to a unitary dynamics, and in which matters of fact about the values of observables pop up at random.
Interpreting Bananaworld: A response to Bub's Quantum Mechanics for Primates
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