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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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  • Ethically, mystically, he was always a Christian; dogmatically he knew not what he was.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • "Miss Saunders is going to paint me," said Charmian, mystically.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • Had not her life been one long, mystically symmetrical training for such a situation, such an emergency as this?

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • I had been mystically moved by the man's presence; I was moved more by his absence.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • We loved the deep, mystically religious soul of the Russians in their anguished struggles for freedom!

  • There were all kinds of speculations, ranging from the mystically sublime to the broadly comical.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Before her was the Capitol, lighted from below, its dome floating cloudily above the white parapets as if mystically sustained.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • He looked sadly, mystically, over the breastwork at the green face of a wood, where now were many little puffs of white smoke.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • mystically, the patriarchs and prophets are called the everlasting hills, by reason of the eminence of their wisdom and holiness.

  • Observe, now, in the upper portions of the composition, how the spirit of the age is mystically developed before the spectator.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for mystically

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 mystically

mystical

adj.

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

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