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[mis-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈmɪs təˌsɪz əm/
the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of mystics.
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.
obscure thought or speculation.
Origin of mysticism
1730-40; mystic + -ism
Related forms
antimysticism, noun
nonmysticism, noun Unabridged
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  • Unfortunately, the skill of learning how to learn from consequences is manifest as fanciful fictional mysticism.
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  • It shows how a strong belief in mysticism makes a strange bedfellow with modern politics.
  • And the business of sending and receiving messages has always been a core notion of mysticism and spirituality.
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  • It's not necessary, and in some cases that kind of mysticism can actually slow down the training process.
  • Fox encouraged her to use an exotic accent and profess her interest in mysticism and the occult.
  • But beneath the group's grandiose nomenclature and mysticism is an organization devoted to integrity and good causes.
British Dictionary definitions for mysticism


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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