What does Mystery mean?

Definitions for Mystery
ˈmɪs tə ri, -triMys·te·ry

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mystery, enigma, secret, closed booknoun

    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, whodunitnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. mysterynoun

    Something secret or unexplainable; unknown.

    The truth behind the events remains a mystery.

  2. mysterynoun

    Someone or thing with an obscure or puzzling nature.

    That man is a mystery.

  3. mysterynoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MYSTERYnoun

    Etymology: μνστήριον; mystere, Fr.

    They can judge as fitly of his worth,
    As I can of those mysteries which heav’n
    Will not have earth to know. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Upon holy days, let the matter of your meditations be according to the mystery of the day; and to your ordinary devotions of every day, add the prayer which is fitted to the mystery. Taylor.

    If God should please to reveal unto us this great mystery of the trinity, or some other mysteries in our holy religion, we should not be able to understand them, unless he would bestow on us some new faculties of the mind. Jonathan Swift, Serm.

    To thy great comfort in this mystery of ill opinions, here’s the twin brother of thy letter. William Shakespeare, Mer. Wives of Windsor.

    Important truths still let your fables hold,
    And moral mysteries with art unfold. George Granville.

    And that which is the noblest mysterie,
    Brings to reproach and common infamy. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Instruction, manners, mysteries and trades,
    Degrees, observances, customs and laws,
    Decline to your confounding contraries. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mysteryadjective

    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. Mysteryadjective

    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. Mysteryadjective

    the consecrated elements in the eucharist

  4. Mysteryadjective

    anything artfully made difficult; an enigma

  5. Mysterynoun

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

  6. Mysterynoun

    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. Etymology: [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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    Rank popularity for the word 'Mystery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4076

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

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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

Examples of Mystery in a Sentence

  1. Frederick Hubbard:

    Now, the question is, what do we need to do to get them to recover ? said Dr. Frank Ridgleyhead of conservation and research at Zoo Miami. Biologists believe they have the answer. Executives of the Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating habitats for wildlife, in February finished building what they claim is the largest bat house in the world in an effort to save Floridas high flyers. Nobody else is doing this kind of work. Not on this scale, said Frederick Hubbard, the sanctuarys executive director. The two-tier structure can house up to 250,000 bats. The University of Florida boasts large bat houses of The University of Florida own.According to the [ UF ] web site, theyre the biggest occupied bat houses in the world, Frederick Hubbard told the Miami Herald. Our bat house is technically bigger. Were trying to get the wording right on that. Frederick Hubbard says the batstend to form colonies, living together and procreating. The new two-tier bat house can hold up to 250,000 total bats. ( Elina Shirazi/Fox News) Theres usually a dominant male, a large male who establishes and claims these coveted kinds of spaces and then he tries to attract females and the females tend to then be attracted to a male who is going to defend the territory and keep a safe space for them, Ridgley said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Ridgley says the bats are vital to biodiversity and in fact helpful to humans. Theyre cleaning up our skies. Theyre providing all these services and in some parts of the country, you know, bats literally provide billions of dollars of services to the residents, Ridgley said. Ridgley said its hard to know the history of the bats since they were only discovered as a unique species in 2004. There was very little known about this bat just about a decade ago. I mean they only knew of one place where they were roosting and it was a mystery across their whole range here in South Florida. Anything about them, you know, what kind of groups they had, what they need to survive. So there was a lot of intensive study going into answering some of these questions, said Ridgley. Ridgley estimates their population is now only in the hundreds, and technology is helping them to keep track. One device they use, an echo meter, plugs into a cell phone and identifies the type of bat and itslocation based off of sound. They do a type of echolocation and supposedly they have some recorded sounds that theyre going to be able to put up into the bat-house that will attract them, said Frederick Hubbard. Creators claim this bat house at the Patch of Heaven Sanctuary is the largest in the world. Frederick Hubbard said that if their project accomplishes its aim, it may help rewrite the fate of these bats who have lost almost all of their habitat. For now, Frederick Hubbard said they are patiently waiting for the bats to rent out their space. Come home.

  2. Nick Pope:

    As is the case in the UFO community as a whole, MUFON members have a range of different views on the mystery, and, while bound together by a common interest, are a diverse group.

  3. Madelyn Esposito-Smith:

    Covid has incinerated sexual desire, couples that live together lost any intrigue and mystery working remotely side by side, and alone time to recharge became a precious commodity.

  4. 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.

  5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

    After nearly a century of ambiguity and a profound sense of loss, the Conestoga's disappearance no longer is a mystery.

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