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mystical

[mis-ti-kuh l] /ˈmɪs tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
mystic; of or relating to supernatural agencies, affairs, occurrences, etc.:
a strange, mystical experience.
2.
of or relating to mystics or mysticism:
mystical writings.
3.
spiritually symbolic:
a mystical vision of the hereafter.
4.
obscure in meaning; mysterious:
mystical circumstances.
Origin of mystical
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See mystic, -al1
Related forms
mystically, adverb
mysticality, mysticalness, noun
Synonyms
1. See mysterious.
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  • Poetry becomes more ascetic and mystical, and this feeling takes shelter alike in the Anglican and in the Roman faith.

  • What he had to give was not mystical or abstract; it was purely concrete.

  • The words were a strange jargon of mystical counsel interspersed with the relation of mystical visions and ecstasies.

    The Mystics Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • Such are the means by which the mystical cults earn their laurels.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • In spite of this attitude there is much in Schopenhauer's system, which is closely akin to Christianity on its mystical side.

    Schopenhauer Margrieta Beer
British Dictionary definitions for mystical

mystical

/ˈmɪstɪkəl/
adjective
1.
relating to or characteristic of mysticism
2.
(Christianity) having a divine or sacred significance that surpasses natural human apprehension
3.
having occult or metaphysical significance, nature, or force
4.
a less common word for mysterious
Derived Forms
mystically, adverb
mysticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mystical
adj.

late 15c., "enigmatic, obscure, symbolic," from mystic + -al (1). Related: Mystically. Meaning "having spiritual significance" is from 1520s.

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