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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fiction/science-fiction/mystery writer
▪ The movie is based on a story by science-fiction writer Phillip K. Dick.
aura of mystery
▪ The building retains an aura of mystery.
cloaked in secrecy/mystery
▪ The talks have been cloaked in secrecy.
mystery play
mystery shopper
mystery tour
shrouded in mystery
▪ The incident has always been shrouded in mystery.
solve a mystery
▪ Staff at the library think they have solved the mystery.
▪ But, surely one of the biggest mysteries is Morse, the man himself.
▪ Genetics is a big mystery to me.
▪ It was all a big mystery to me, we were made to wear blue ties, white shirts and blue trousers.
▪ The effects on astronauts of years in microgravity are the biggest mystery to researchers.
▪ It is a complete mystery to everyone how the following gems came to light in 1989.
▪ With the stakes so high, the lack of atmosphere on the terraces in the first half was a complete mystery.
▪ It's been a complete mystery to me ever since I arrived here.
▪ When all the evidence is added up, the Sirven case remains a complete mystery.
▪ How the hell my pack of jokers has managed two wins out of two is a complete mystery.
▪ The craft of writing, the business of publishing, the great mystery of literary success remained to be pursued.
▪ And this was an edifice that would house the greatest mystery of all: wine into blood, bread into flesh.
▪ If you leave it out, you are left with a great evolution mystery.
▪ Even the individual stones can carry great mystery.
▪ Perhaps one day some one in the know will explain in great detail the mysteries of Blea Moor Tunnel.
▪ This is something of a mystery - but there is a greater mystery involved.
▪ Thus the geodynamo remains as one of the great mysteries of the earth.
▪ She liked to keep a little mystery in a relationship where possible.
▪ A white sloop moved upriver in the dark, a little mystery of grace and stealth.
▪ He was Sorcerer, after all, and what was love without a little mystery?
▪ They were part of the Cicero Club, a society which met once a month or so to discuss famous unsolved mysteries.
▪ This book collects together what I consider to be some of the major unsolved mysteries of science.
▪ What happened to this piece is still an unsolved mystery.
▪ For the time being, the Phaistos Disc remains an unsolved mystery.
▪ To this day Devon Loch's collapse remains one of the Turfs greatest unsolved mysteries.
▪ In any case, Gillian has invited a mystery man to share the cottage in Witham Friary, Somerset.
▪ A mystery man usually comes around to drop off a complimentary rose at extraordinary houses.
▪ But he was apparently talked into selling it by a mystery man for just one pound.
▪ The mystery man John Huang seems to have worked rather unsuccessfully at the Lippo Bank, whatever that is.
▪ Last week Mairead was convinced her mystery man was a footballer.
▪ Actually she was every bit as curious about the saturnine mystery man as Candy.
▪ Collins creates a gripping picture of slow-moving, small-town life, and packs it into a treat of a murder mystery.
▪ For those who like solving murder mysteries, however, this is one that will challenge your deductive abilities.
▪ I kind of chain-read murder mysteries.
▪ But it turned into a murder mystery anyway.
▪ So I will go through about five murder mysteries a week - I read really rapidly.
▪ The way P. D. James sees it, the murder mystery is all about the restoration of order to a disorderly world.
▪ You can try to work out whether it is autobiography or murder mystery and how it works within these genre classifications.
▪ The plot for a murder mystery?
▪ To be precise, we know that he wrote mystery novels.
▪ Even before he became William Wilson, Quinn had been a devoted reader of mystery novels.
▪ The first year was a magical mystery tour.
▪ The mystery virus, it was thought, would spread into the healthy tree, causing that too to become diseased.
▪ A mystery woman bombarded Hendry's manager Ian Doyle's Stirling offices with venomous death threats by letter and phone.
▪ Paula's a bit of a mystery woman.
▪ Since early September the 23-year-old multi-millionaire had been stalked by a mystery woman threatening to kill the man she once idolised.
▪ The fragmentary analysis of nature succeeds only in obscuring the real and deepening the mystery.
▪ This brief, tantalizing glimpse into his past life served only to deepen the mystery of his background.
▪ Police told to stay away For many, the killing of municipal police chief Benitez deepens the mystery.
▪ This deepened the mystery rather than clarifying it.
▪ I hope you can explain this mystery to me.
▪ Ahab talks to this head and asks it to explain the mystery of the universe.
▪ How else could anyone explain your mystery?
▪ Such theories contribute nothing to explaining the mystery of perception.
▪ With only his home-made phrase book to help him, Twoflower was trying to explain the mysteries of inn-sewer-ants to Broadman.
▪ How much Crédit Lyonnais is owed by Pathe remains a mystery.
▪ But while the functions and importance of the clock have been clear, exactly how this timekeeper works has remained a mystery.
▪ This World Heritage Site remains a mystery.
▪ Beyond that, Weaver remains a mystery.
▪ Why he did not pay the full amount must remain a mystery.
▪ The HubbellLippo connection remains a mystery.
▪ These remain shrouded in mystery also.
▪ What happened to him may remain a mystery for ever.
▪ Instead of solving a mystery, she'd discovered another.
▪ But solving the mystery also teaches some important lessons about the era ahead.
▪ Then the central character has to be the detective who eventually must solve the mystery.
▪ Seeing him as almost certainly dead, what we want is to solve his mystery.
▪ Although I am not yet sure that I have solved the mystery, I have assembled evidence which clarifies what happened.
▪ He joked to her that he would like to solve the mystery, marry a princess, and inherit the kingdom.
▪ Unfortunately, Howard Reich, a Chicago music critic, fails to solve the mystery of the pianist's rise and disappearance.
▪ In the process she solves several mysteries and is reunited with her lover.
▪ There are many theories but the mystery surrounding Stonehenge is as perpetual as the stones themselves.
▪ After all, this was by no means the only mystery surrounding Dad: almost nothing about him was straight forward or simple.
▪ There is some mystery surrounding Theta Eridani, or Acamar.
▪ The advisory committee report did little to resolve the mystery surrounding Gulf War illness.
▪ There are all sorts of mysteries surrounding this story.
▪ Their purchase of an old desk provides Tom with a clue to the mystery surrounding Raybrick's savings.
▪ The mystery surrounding his death still haunts his family.
▪ However, the potentially damning disclosures were muddied by the mystery surrounding the man who sent the complaint.
▪ For the song of the suffering servant helps unlock the mystery that defies logic.
▪ If I succeed it will unlock a lot of the mystery of what's been done on Titron.
▪ Within minutes detectives, a police surgeon and her family arrived to begin the task of unlocking the mystery of her disappearance.
▪ When scientists attempt to unravel the mysteries of the past they always run up against a brick wall.
▪ A prepared statement failed to unravel the mystery.
▪ It excited her and she promised herself that one day she would unravel the mystery.
▪ For many years Frederick Delouche felt a particular need to unravel such mysteries.
be veiled in mystery/secrecy etc
unlock the secrets/mysteries of sth
▪ Scientists succeeded in unlocking the secrets to polio's cause.
▪ It's a mystery to me how Gayle managed to get here before us.
▪ No one has ever been able to explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
▪ Police are still trying to unravel the mystery of how the prisoner managed to escape.
▪ Scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of human genes.
▪ Sue Grafton's mysteries sell very well.
▪ Ten firemen were in hospital with a mystery illness last night.
▪ The mystery deepens as more witnesses come forward to tell different stories.
▪ The writer's identity is a mystery, but he is thought to be Spanish.
▪ As for the mystery guest, all I can say is it will be a magician in a box.
▪ Collins creates a gripping picture of slow-moving, small-town life, and packs it into a treat of a murder mystery.
▪ Corbett viewed the mystery as a logical problem.
▪ In the subway one faced the eternal mystery of lust and desire.
▪ The mystery remains unresolved as twilight turns to total blackness.
▪ You took the job with him simply to clear up a mystery.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mystery \Mys"ter*y\, n.; pl. Mysteries. [OE. mistere, OF. mestier, F. m['e]tier, L. ministerium. See Ministry.]

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

    Fie upon him, he will discredit our mystery.

    And that which is the noblest mystery Brings to reproach and common infamy.

  2. 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.

    ``Mystery plays,'' so called because acted by craftsmen.


Mystery \Mys"ter*y\ (m[i^]s"t[~e]r*[y^]), n.; pl. Mysteries (m[i^]s"t[~e]r*[i^]z). [L. mysterium, Gr. mysth`rion, fr. my`sths one initiated in mysteries; cf. myei^n to initiate into the mysteries, fr. my`ein to shut the eyes. Cf. Mute, a.]

  1. 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.

    We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery.
    --1 Cor. ii. 7.

    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.

  2. 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. pl. The consecrated elements in the eucharist.

  4. Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., in a theological sense, "religious truth via divine revelation, hidden spiritual significance, mystical truth," from Anglo-French *misterie, Old French mistere "secret, mystery, hidden meaning" (Modern French mystère), from Latin mysterium "secret rite, secret worship; a secret thing," from Greek mysterion (usually in plural mysteria) "secret rite or doctrine," from mystes "one who has been initiated," from myein "to close, shut" (see mute (adj.)); perhaps referring to the lips (in secrecy) or to the eyes (only initiates were allowed to see the sacred rites).\n

\nThe Greek word was used in Septuagint for "secret counsel of God," translated in Vulgate as sacramentum. Non-theological use in English, "a hidden or secret thing," is from late 14c. In reference to the ancient rites of Greece, Egypt, etc. it is attested from 1640s. Meaning "detective story" first recorded in English 1908.


"handicraft, trade, art" (archaic), late 14c., from Medieval Latin misterium, alteration of Latin ministerium "service, occupation, office, ministry" (see ministry), influenced in form by Medieval Latin mysterium (see mystery (n.1)) and in sense by maistrie "mastery." Now only in mystery play, in reference to the medieval performances, which often were staged by members of craft guilds. The two senses of mystery formed a common pun in (secular) Tudor theater.


n. Something secret or unexplainable; an unknown.

  1. n. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets" [syn: enigma, secret, closed book]

  2. a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie [syn: mystery story, whodunit]


Mystery, The Mystery, Mysteries or The Mysteries may refer to:

Mystery (Live song)

"Mystery" is a song by alternative rock group Live, which was released as the second single from their album, Songs from Black Mountain (2006). The single was not released for commercial purchase.

On June 7, 2006, the band performed a duet of "Mystery" with Chris Daughtry on the American Idol season 5 finale. This version was released via Live's official website.

Mystery (log canoe)

The ''' Mystery ''' is a Chesapeake Bay log canoe, built in 1932, by Harry Sinclair in Oxford, Maryland. She measures 34'-7" long, has a beam of 8'-8" and has a centerboard. She is noted for her very tall masts, is privately owned, and races under No. 8. She is one of the last 22 surviving traditional Chesapeake Bay racing log canoes that carry on a tradition of racing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that has existed since the 1840s. She is located at Kingstown, Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Mystery (novel)

Mystery is a 1990 novel by American author Peter Straub, and is the second installment in Straub's loosely connected "Blue Rose Trilogy". The novel falls into the genre of crime fiction, and was preceded by Koko and followed by The Throat. The book was published by Dutton, won the 1993 Bram Stoker Award and was a 1994 WFA nominee

Mystery (Mystery EP)

Mystery is the eponymous debut EP by the Canadian rock band Mystery, released in 1992. Their shortest recording so far, it contains only 5 tracks. This album is also Mystery's only record that was not released by Unicorn Digital, and is currently their only recording that is out of print, with only 500 copies having been printed.

Mystery (2014 film)

Mystery ( Chinese: 秘术) is a 2014 Chinese suspense thriller adventure film directed by Wu Bing. It was released on November 14, 2014.

Mystery (Faye Wong album)

Mystery (alternatively Riddle) is the translated title of a 1994 Mandarin album recorded by Chinese singer Faye Wong as 'Wong Ching Man' when she was based in Hong Kong.

Although she had included a few Mandarin Chinese songs in her 1993 albums No Regrets and 100,000 Whys, Mystery was her first album recorded entirely in Mandarin rather than the Hong Kong majority dialect of Cantonese. The first track "I'm Willing" (or "I Do") was an instant hit single, and the album brought Wong to fame across the region of East Asia. The track "Cold War" is a cover of Tori Amos's " Silent All These Years"; Wong had already scored a hit with her Cantonese version of this song, which had been included in her 1993 album 100,000 Whys.

Despite the inclusion of Mandarin versions of that and other Cantonese songs, Mystery was a huge hit, selling over 800,000 in Taiwan alone.

Mystery (band)

Mystery (often stylized as MYSTERY) is a Canadian rock band formed in 1986 by multi-instrumentalist Michel St-Père. The band released their debut EP in 1992 with Raymond and Gary Savoie on lead vocals, followed by their first album Theatre of the Mind in 1996 and Destiny? in 1998, both with Gary on lead vocals. In 2007 the band released their third album Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face with singer Benoît David who would record two more studio albums with the band: One Among the Living in 2010 and The World is a Game in 2012. On November 1, 2015 the band released their sixth album Delusion Rain with current singer Jean Pageau.

Mystery's current line-up is Michel St-Père, singer Jean Pageau, keyboardist Benoît Dupuis, bassist François Fournier, guitarist Sylvain Moineau and drummer Jean-Sébastien Goyette.

Mystery (2012 film)

Mystery is a 2012 Chinese drama film directed by Lou Ye. This is Lou Ye's seventh film but only the second (with Purple Butterfly in 2003) to have been released in his own country. The story is based on a series of posts under the title of "This Is How I Punish A Cheating Man And His Mistress" , which has over one million hits. "Mystery is beautiful and violent, both in the emotions it deals with and the scenes that display them. It echoes some of contemporary China's own problems, such as corruption, money, ambiguity and morality," says Brice Pedroletti in his review on The Guardian

The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. At the 7th Asian Film Awards the film won the Asian Film Award for Best Film.

Usage examples of "mystery".

The daylight trees of July are signs of common beauty, common freshness, and a mystery familiar and abiding as night and day.

The Beast is the current Crompton, Leland, last of his line, a mystery writer who lives as a recluse in New Hampshire and suffers from acromegaly which has disfigured his features.

The tidal regularity of cerebral chemical flows, the cyclonic violence latent in the adrenergic current of the autonomic nervous system, the delicate mysteries of the sweep of oxygen atoms from pneumonic membrane into the bloodstream.

Mysteries with good reason adumbrate the immersion of the unpurified in filth, even in the Nether-World, since the unclean loves filth for its very filthiness, and swine foul of body find their joy in foulness.

Hence the Mysteries with good reason adumbrate the immersion of the unpurified in filth, even in the Nether-World, since the unclean loves filth for its very filthiness, and swine foul of body find their joy in foulness.

Underneath the radio ops were the aerologists and the slowly unraveling mystery of weather, seen now from above and outside.

Ad Lib club, 132-4, 139 Adams, John and Marina, 126, 254 Aitken, Jonathan, 228 Albufeira, Portugal, 204 album sleeve designs, 333-48, 500-506, albums, by the Beach Boys, 280-81 by the Beatles Abbey Road, 550-59, 565 Beatles: Love Songs, Beatles for Sale, 38, 173 Let It Be, 470, 534-9, 549-51, 575, 578 Magical Mystery Tour, Please Please Me, 93, 95, 153, 583 Revolver, 190, 268, 281, 290-92 Rubber Soul, 268, 278, 290 Sgt.

This youth of the time of the Alcheringa had grown, during his travels, into a young man, and yet he had had no chance to be initiated into the secrets and mysteries of his station.

She rang the bell, and the same woman who had appeared in the evening, and was most likely the secret minister and the confidante of her amorous mysteries, came in.

After all, in a world where some men could turn into bats and preferred the taste of blood to andouille gumbo, what was one more mystery?

So we both alleged a state of utter repletion, and did not solve the mystery of the contents of the cupboard,--not too luxurious, it may be conjectured, and yet kindly offered, so that we felt there was a moist filament of the social instinct running like a nerve through that exsiccated and almost anhydrous organism.

But this is unlikely: anointment was not a feature of the classical Mystery traditions.

Faber argues, from the very close similarity of all the differently named Mysteries, that they were all Arkite, all derived from one mass of traditions reaching from Noah and embodying his history.

Underneath he seethed with anxiety about the mysteries of destiny and Arneis, which seemed to be where they were bound to go.

He beheld the living mystery, whirled into the dance of pure light as the adepts interceded, calling down the singing powers sent forth by Ath Creator.