Definitions for mysteryˈmɪs tə ri, -tri
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mystery, enigma, secret, closed book(noun)
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
"how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
mystery, mystery story, whodunit(noun)
a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
Something secret or unexplainable; unknown.
The truth behind the events remains a mystery.
Someone or thing with an obscure or puzzling nature.
That man is a mystery.
A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ.
The second decade of the Rosary concerns the Sorrowful mysteries, such as the crucifixion and the crowning with thorns.
a profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension
a kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; -- usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries
the consecrated elements in the eucharist
anything artfully made difficult; an enigma
a trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied
a dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century
Origin: [OE. mistere, OF. mestier, F. mtier, L. ministerium. See Ministry.]
Mystery fiction is a loosely-defined term. It is often used as a synonym for detective fiction or crime fiction—in other words a novel or short story in which a detective investigates and solves a crime mystery. Sometimes mystery books are nonfiction. The term "mystery fiction" may sometimes be limited to the subset of detective stories in which the emphasis is on the puzzle/suspense element and its logical solution, as a contrast to hardboiled detective stories, which focus on action and gritty realism. Although normally associated with the crime genre, the term "mystery fiction" may in certain situations refer to a completely different genre, where the focus is on supernatural or thriller mystery. This usage was common in the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, where titles such as Dime Mystery, Thrilling Mystery and Spicy Mystery offered what at the time were described as "weird menace" stories—supernatural horror in the vein of Grand Guignol. This contrasted with parallel titles of the same names which contained conventional hardboiled crime fiction. The first use of "mystery" in this sense was by Dime Mystery, which started out as an ordinary crime fiction magazine but switched to "weird menace" during the latter part of 1933.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mis′tėr-i, n. a secret doctrine: anything very obscure: that which is beyond human knowledge to explain: anything artfully made difficult: (pl.) secret rites, in ancient religions rites known only to and practised by initiated persons, as the Eleusinian mysteries in Greece, &c.: a sacrament: a rude medieval drama founded on the historical parts of the Bible and the lives of the saints—the Basque pastorales are a survival.—adj. Mystē′rious, containing mystery: obscure: secret: incomprehensible.—adv. Mystē′riously.—n. Mystē′riousness. [M. E. mysterie—L. mysterium—Gr. mystērion—mystēs, one initiated—muein, to close the eyes.]
mis′tėr-i, n. a trade, handicraft. [M. E. mistere—O. Fr. mestier (Fr. métier)—L. ministerium—minister. Prop. mistery; the form mystery is due to confusion with the above.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'mystery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4076
Rank popularity for the word 'mystery' in Nouns Frequency: #1462
The numerical value of mystery in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of mystery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- سر, غامضArabic
- misteriCatalan, Valencian
- Rätsel, GeheimnisGerman
- առեղծված, գաղտնիքArmenian
- საიდუმლოება, ხვაშიადიGeorgian
- obscuritas, occulta, mysterium, naturae sacraLatin
- paslaptis, misterijaLithuanian
- noslēpums, mistērijaLatvian
- mea ngaroMāori
- загадка, тайнаRussian
- mìstērīj, tajna, zagonetkaSerbo-Croatian
- siri, kilingeSwahili
- ความลี้ลับ, ความลThai
- esrâr, gizemTurkish
- bí ẩnVietnamese
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