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[mis-tik] /ˈmɪs tɪk/
involving or characterized by esoteric, otherworldly, or symbolic practices or content, as certain religious ceremonies and art; spiritually significant; ethereal.
of the nature of or pertaining to mysteries known only to the initiated:
mystic rites.
of occult character, power, or significance:
a mystic formula.
of obscure or mysterious character or significance.
of or relating to mystics or mysticism.
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.
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 forms
[mi-stis-i-tee] /mɪˈstɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
mysticly, adverb
antimystic, adjective, noun
nonmystic, adjective, noun
semimystic, adjective
unmystic, adjective


[mis-tik] /ˈmɪs tɪk/
a section of Groton, in SE Connecticut: maritime museum. Unabridged
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  • But some mages and mystics begin to suspect that old ruins are involved somehow, maybe even the cause of the turmoil.
  • Which is the way things go when what was once a land of mystics becomes a field for engineers.
  • mystics have always differentiated between inner and or outer beauty.
  • Presumably, clinicians and salespeople excel in sensitivity to others, poets and mystics in sensitivity to themselves.
  • He corresponds with mystics the world over whose names he has gleaned from occult magazines.
  • mystics have retained some sense of life but deny its connection with their bodies and locate it in a hypothetical soul.
  • Of course, that's not to say that particular experience is what mystics throughout the ages have endured.
  • In fact, the quantum description seems to match the description given by mystics and seers from all ancient cultures.
  • Summon the existentialists, sensualists and mystics.
  • The mystics say there is the inner spiritual self then there's the outer being.
British Dictionary definitions for mystics


a person who achieves mystical experience or an apprehension of divine mysteries
another word for mystical
Word Origin
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 mystics



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.


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


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

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