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mystique

[mi-steek] /mɪˈstik/
noun
1.
a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning:
the mystique of Poe.
2.
an aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit:
the mystique of nuclear science.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French (adj.); see mystic
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  • Admissions decision making has traditionally been a slow process, something that has added to the field's mystique.
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  • Something approaching a mystique, though, soon began to surround the claims of the airmen.
  • But economists do owe a lot of their mystique to abstract theories the uninitiated do not understand.
  • Among grains, few are so steeped in tradition and mystique as rice.
  • As the press speculated about new features, the company's added to the mystique by guarding the new designs with military secrecy.
  • Now his mystique is dissipated and his promise shattered.
  • After the handle, think about the blade-the overestimated heart of knife mystique.
  • Having removed any remaining mystique from music, they could impose arbitrary designs on it, including pure chance.
British Dictionary definitions for mystique

mystique

/mɪˈstiːk/
noun
1.
an aura of mystery, power, and awe that surrounds a person or thing: the mystique of the theatre, the mystique of computer programming
Word Origin
C20: from French (adj): mystic
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Word Origin and History for mystique
n.

1891, "atmosphere of mystery," from French mystique "a mystic; mystical," from Latin mysticus (see mystic (adj.)).

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