9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[mi-steek] /mɪˈstik/
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.
an aura of mystery or mystical power surrounding a particular occupation or pursuit:
the mystique of nuclear science.
Origin of mystique
1890-95; < French (adj.); see mystic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for mystique
  • Admissions decision making has traditionally been a slow process, something that has added to the field's mystique.
  • All this interest in their mystique garners much needed attention for bat conservation.
  • It's a testament to the mystique of its products and to the ardent loyalty they have inspired over many decades.
  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for mystique

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for mystique

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for mystique

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with mystique

Nearby words for mystique