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noun (plural mysteries)
1something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain:the mysteries of outer space hoping that the inquest would solve the mystery the condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain:much of her past is shrouded in mystery a person or thing whose identity or nature is puzzling or unknown:“He’s a bit of a mystery,” said Nina [as modifier]:a mystery guest 2a novel, play, or movie dealing with a puzzling crime, especially a murder. 3
) the secret rites of Greek and Roman pagan religion, or of any ancient or tribal religion, to which only initiates are admitted.
the practices, skills, or lore peculiar to a particular trade or activity and regarded as baffling to those without specialized knowledge:the mysteries of analytical psychology 4
chiefly Christian Theology a religious belief based on divine revelation, especially one regarded as beyond human understanding:the mystery of Christ
an incident in the life of Jesus or of a saint as a focus of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, especially each of those commemorated during recitation of successive decades of the rosary.
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