Definitions for mysticismˈmɪs təˌsɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mys•ti•cismˈmɪs təˌsɪz əm(n.)
the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of mystics.
the 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 spiritual ecstasy.
obscure thought or speculation.
Origin of mysticism:
mysticism, religious mysticism(noun)
a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
obscure or irrational thought
The beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.
A doctrine of direct communication or spiritual intuition of divine truth.
A transcendental union of soul or mind with the divine reality or divinity.
Obscure thoughts and speculations.
Origin: English from the early to mid 1700's, Confer French mysticisme.
obscurity of doctrine
the doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained
the doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a state of mind and feeling induced by direct communion with the unseen, and by indulging in which the subject of it estranges himself more and more from those who live wholly in the outside world, so that he cannot communicate with them and they cannot understand him.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A philosophy based upon spiritual intuition that is believed to transcend ordinary sensory experiences or understanding.