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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Both men were secular mystics who chose to canonise their own tastes.
▪ Feminist scholars popularized the writings of medieval mystics such as Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen.
▪ Study of these meditations therefore also illuminates aspects of the inner journey which all the medieval mystics take for granted.
▪ Surely not the meaning it would have for a mystic!
▪ The Essenes are not passive mystics.
▪ This is not to say that athletes are yogis or mystics.
▪ Victoria was a fiery mystic, a Stanford graduate who intimately understood the ward politics of San Francisco.
▪ We have seen that all our mystics stress the importance of attending to the needs of the body.
▪ No longer is it tainted as mystic, for here, with no one passing judgment, no experience is tainted.
▪ Thus was established the image of the Falls as a dread and mystic place.
▪ To taste the elixir of life, become a drunkard in that mystic tavern!
▪ With a sense of the mystic potency of humankind.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mystic \Mys"tic\, Mystical \Mys"tic*al\, a. [L. mysticus, Gr. ? belonging to secret rites, from ? one initiated: cf. F. mystique. See 1st Mystery, Misty.]

  1. Remote from or beyond human comprehension; baffling human understanding; unknowable; obscure; mysterious.

    Heaven's numerous hierarchy span The mystic gulf from God to man.

    God hath revealed a way mystical and supernatural.

  2. Importing or implying mysticism; involving some secret meaning; allegorical; emblematical; as, a mystic dance; mystic Babylon.

    Thus, then, did the spirit of unity and meekness inspire every joint and sinew of the mystical body.

  3. employing mysticism; as, mystical intuition; mystical explanations; -- contrasted to logical, rational, analytical. [WordNet 1.5] -- Mys"tic*al*ly, adv. -- Mys"tic*al*ness, n.


Mystic \Mys"tic\, n. One given to mysticism; one who holds mystical views, interpretations, etc.; especially, in ecclesiastical history, one who professed mysticism. See Mysticism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

place name in Connecticut, U.S., deformed from Algonquian missituk "great tidal river," from missi "large" + -tuk "tidal river."


late 14c., "spiritually allegorical, pertaining to mysteries of faith," from Old French mistique "mysterious, full of mystery" (14c.), or directly from Latin mysticus "mystical, mystic, of secret rites" (source also of Italian mistico, Spanish mistico), from Greek mystikos "secret, mystic, connected with the mysteries," from mystes "one who has been initiated" (see mystery (n.1)). Meaning "pertaining to occult practices or ancient religions" first recorded 1610s.


"exponent of mystical theology," 1670s, from mystic (adj.). In Middle English, the noun meant "symbolic meaning, interpretation" (early 14c.).


a. 1 Of, or relating to mystics, mysticism or occult mysteries; mystical. 2 mysterious and strange; arcane, obscure or enigmatic. n. Someone who practices mysticism.


n. someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension [syn: religious mystic]

  1. adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients" [syn: mysterious, mystical, occult, secret, orphic]

  2. relating to or resembling mysticism; "mystical intuition"; "mystical theories about the securities market" [syn: mystical]

  3. relating to or characteristic of mysticism; "mystical religion" [syn: mystical]

Mystic, CT -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Connecticut
Population (2000): 4001
Housing Units (2000): 1988
Land area (2000): 3.354559 sq. miles (8.688268 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.440152 sq. miles (1.139989 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.794711 sq. miles (9.828257 sq. km)
FIPS code: 49810
Located within: Connecticut (CT), FIPS 09
Location: 41.353548 N, 71.962796 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 06355
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mystic, CT
Mystic, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
Population (2000): 588
Housing Units (2000): 273
Land area (2000): 2.929135 sq. miles (7.586425 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.929135 sq. miles (7.586425 sq. km)
FIPS code: 55200
Located within: Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
Location: 40.778616 N, 92.944933 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 52574
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mystic, IA
Mystic (comics)

Mystic is a comic book that was published by the Florida-based CrossGen Comics. Created by writer Ron Marz and artists Brandon Peterson and John Dell, it was one of five flagship titles in the company's Sigilverse shared universe. Mystic ran for 43 issues (July 2000 - January 2004).


Mystic is a person who practices mysticism, or a reference to a mystery, mystic craft or the occult.

Mystic (and derivative variants like mystics) may also refer to:

Mystic (singer)

Mandolyn Wind Ludlum (born ), better known by her stage name Mystic, is an American hip hop artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. After touring and recording with Digital Underground she released her debut solo album in 2001.

MYSTIC (surveillance program)

MYSTIC is a formerly secret program used since 2009 by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to collect the metadata as well as the content of phone calls from several entire countries. The program was first revealed in March 2014, based upon documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

MYSTIC operates under the legal authority of Executive Order 12333.

Usage examples of "mystic".

His style, at once realistic and sublime, is distinctly akin to that of the great Anglican mystics Herbert and Vaughan.

Though in his technique he is almost free from symbolist influences, the general spirit of his poetry is much more akin to symbolism than to that of the younger school, for, alone of the younger poets, he is a mystic.

Logos, and it is perfected, after complete asceticism, by mystic ecstatic contemplation in which a man loses himself, but in return is entirely filled and moved by God.

For his estate was upon the western coast of that dark, mystic continent, that baffler of explorers--Africa.

For his estate was upon the western coast of that dark, mystic continent, that baffler of explorers-- Africa.

To his delighted surprise the woman, whose name was Edith, seemed keen to talk, first about Baudelaire and then about anything at all, and by the time the express reached Mystic, Connecticut, which was about halfway to Grand Central Station, Chub thought he himself was probably halfway to paradise.

The cocks and the cicalas make themselves heard, and now Madame Prune will begin her mystic drone.

But between the real but obscure knowledge of the mystic and the clear but unreal knowledge of the verbalist, lies the clearish and realish knowledge of the naturalist and the man of science.

After breakfast was over I told him in a serious voice that if he would give me a free hand I could cure him, as he was not suffering from sciatica but from a moist and windy humour which I could disperse my means of the Talisman of Solomon and five mystic words.

Then he suddenly remembered what the Monk and Mystic, Heliobas, had said to him at Dariel on the morning after his trance of soul-liberty: .

In my case, diabetes was the oracle that alerted me to these mystic possibilities.

To heighten the effect of my mystic exhortation I dosed him heavily with wine, and did not let him go till he had fallen into a drunken sleep.

In the works even of those mystics who efface the limits between things human and divine, who put Judaism, Christianity, and Paganism on the same line with the revelation of Mohammed, and who are therefore duly anathematized by the whole orthodox world, almost every page testifies to the relation of the ideas enounced with Mohammedan civilization.

The necessity of virtue, the dread ordeals of the grave, the certainty of retribution, the mystic circuits of transmigration, a glorious immortality, the paths of planets and gods and souls through creation, all were impressively enounced, dramatically shown.

Joe thought back to that morning, when he had stuck his head out into the day and felt as powerful as the Escapist, surging with the mystic Tibetan energies of his rage.