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 Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4076

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

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  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. Katherine Mansfield:

    Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.

  2. Lewis Mumford:

    A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.

  3. Lao-Tzu:

    The good man is the teacher of the bad, And the bad is the material from which the good may learn. He who does not value the teacher, Or greatly care for the material, Is greatly deluded although he may be learned. Such is the essential mystery.

  4. Claude Lévi-Strauss:

    Since music is a language with some meaning at least for the immense majority of mankind, although only a tiny minority of people are capable of formulating a meaning in it, and since it is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being at once intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man, a mystery that all the various disciplines come up against and which holds the key to their progress.

  5. Paul Sadler:

    As we study the Word of God rightly divided we are to understand that God has arranged His dealings with mankind into two programs. We have His prophesied purpose and His secret purpose. Prophecy has to do with the earth and Christ's reign upon it during the millennial kingdom, while the Mystery concerns our exaltation with Christ in the heavenlies.

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