What does mystery mean?

Definitions for mysteryˈmɪs tə ri, -tri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mystery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. mystery, mystery story, whodunit(noun)

    a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

Wiktionary

  1. mystery(Noun)

    Something secret or unexplainable; unknown.

    The truth behind the events remains a mystery.

  2. mystery(Noun)

    Someone or thing with an obscure or puzzling nature.

    That man is a mystery.

  3. mystery(Noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mystery(adj)

    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

  2. Mystery(adj)

    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

  3. Mystery(adj)

    the consecrated elements in the eucharist

  4. Mystery(adj)

    anything artfully made difficult; an enigma

  5. Mystery(noun)

    a trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied

  6. Mystery(noun)

    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

  7. Origin: [OE. mistere, OF. mestier, F. mtier, L. ministerium. See Ministry.]

Freebase

  1. Mystery

    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

  1. Mystery

    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. mystērionmystēs, one initiated—muein, to close the eyes.]

  2. Mystery

    mis′tėr-i, n. a trade, handicraft. [M. E. mistere—O. Fr. mestier (Fr. métier)—L. ministeriumminister. Prop. mistery; the form mystery is due to confusion with the above.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mystery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4076

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mystery' in Nouns Frequency: #1462

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mystery in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mystery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.

  2. David Parker:

    We were left with a mystery, a mystery that has continued to this day.

  3. Salihin Kondoker:

    There is so much mystery with this case, the mystery needs to be resolved.

  4. Amit Ray:

    Life is a mystery- mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.

  5. Rabbi David Wolpe:

    Faith is not the knowledge of what the mystery of the universe is, but the conviction that there is a mystery, and that it is greater than us.

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