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mysticism

[mis-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈmɪs təˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of mystics.
2.
a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy.
3.
obscure thought or speculation.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; mystic + -ism
Related forms
antimysticism, noun
nonmysticism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mysticism

mysticism

/ˈmɪstɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
belief in or experience of a reality surpassing normal human understanding or experience, esp a reality perceived as essential to the nature of life
2.
a system of contemplative prayer and spirituality aimed at achieving direct intuitive experience of the divine
3.
obscure or confused belief or thought
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Word Origin and History for mysticism
n.

1736, from mystic (adj.) + -ism.

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mysticism in Culture

mysticism definition


In religion, the attempt by an individual to achieve a personal union with God or with some other divine being or principle. Mystics generally practice daily meditation.

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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