What does mysticism mean?

Definitions for mysticism
ˈmɪs təˌsɪz əmmys·ti·cism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mysticism, religious mysticism(noun)

    a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality

  2. mysticism(noun)

    obscure or irrational thought


  1. mysticism(Noun)

    The beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.

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

  2. mysticism(Noun)

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

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

  3. mysticism(Noun)

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

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

  4. mysticism(Noun)

    Obscure thoughts and speculations.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mysticism(noun)

    obscurity of doctrine

    Etymology: [Cf. F. mysticisme.]

  2. Mysticism(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. mysticisme.]

  3. Mysticism(noun)

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

    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.

How to pronounce mysticism?

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How to say mysticism in sign language?

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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. Malcolm Muggeridge:

    Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.

  2. Anthon St Maarten:

    There was no need for a term like ‘magical thinking’ in the Golden Age of Man...there was only genuine everyday magic and mysticism. Children were not mocked or scolded in those days for singing to the rain or talking to the wind.

  3. Mark Steber:

    The whole thing is steeped in mysticism.

  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.

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