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ˈmɪs təˌsɪz əmmys·ti·cism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mysticism, religious mysticismnoun

    a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality

  2. mysticismnoun

    obscure or irrational thought


  1. mysticismnoun

    The beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.

  2. mysticismnoun

    A doctrine of direct communication or spiritual intuition of divine truth.

  3. mysticismnoun

    A transcendental union of soul or mind with the divine reality or divinity.

  4. mysticismnoun

    Obscure thoughts and speculations.

  5. Etymology: English from the early to mid 1700's, Confer French mysticisme.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mysticismnoun

    obscurity of doctrine

  2. Mysticismnoun

    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

  3. Mysticismnoun

    the doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. mysticisme.]


  1. Mysticism

    Mysticism is the pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, instinct or insight. Mysticism usually centers on practices intended to nurture those experiences. Mysticism may be dualistic, maintaining a distinction between the self and the divine, or may be nondualistic. Such pursuit has long been an integral part of the religious life of humanity. Within established religion it has been explicitly expressed within monasticism, where rules governing the everyday life of monks and nuns provide a framework conducive to the cultivation of mystical states of consciousness. In the contemporary usage "mysticism" has become an umbrella term, conflated with spirituality and esotericism. Practices associated with mysticism include meditation and contemplative prayer. Mysticism can be distinguished from ordinary religious belief by its emphasis on the direct personal experience of unique states of consciousness, particularly those of a transcendentally blissful character.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mysticism

    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

  1. Mysticism

    A philosophy based upon spiritual intuition that is believed to transcend ordinary sensory experiences or understanding.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mysticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mysticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mysticism in a Sentence

  1. Kilburn Hall:

    Myth and mysticism have been replaced in the world by social media.”

  2. Mark Steber:

    The whole thing is steeped in mysticism.

  3. Kilburn Hall:

    Myth and mysticism have been replaced in the world by social media.

  4. Dan Szczesny:

    If you are a seeker who has an open mind and you want to experience a mysticism completely outside anything you'll find in the West, Nepal is a good draw.

  5. Oliver Sacks:

    My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.

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