What does mystery mean?

Definitions for mystery
ˈmɪs tə ri, -trimys·te·ry

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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.

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

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

  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

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

  3. Mysteryadjective

    the consecrated elements in the eucharist

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

  4. Mysteryadjective

    anything artfully made difficult; an enigma

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

  5. Mysterynoun

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

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

  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

    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 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. Lois Greenfield:

    I want (viewers) to contemplate the mystery of what I'm presenting, because people don't know how I did it or what it is or why it is. I'd like them to enjoy that mystery and make it their own.

  2. James Arthur Baldwin:

    The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.

  3. Adam Sandler:

    Every time I'm with Jennifer Aniston, something great happens because everybody loves Jennifer Aniston, murder Mystery.

  4. Alicia Keys:

    Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music's importance in our lives, music is the language of love, of laughter, of heartbreak, of mystery. It's the world's true, true, without question, universal language.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.

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