There are 2 definitions of mystery in English:

mystery1

Syllabification: mys·ter·y
Pronunciation: /ˈmist(ə)rē
 
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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
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    • Contrary to public perceptions, science can help understand and explain the mysteries of emotion.
    • However all was explained and the mystery was solved very quickly.
    • The technique of the mystery is thus explained, but the mystery remains.
    Synonyms
    puzzle, enigma, conundrum, riddle, secret, problem, unsolved problem
  • 1.1The condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain: much of her past is shrouded in mystery
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    • The Valley was wedged in-between the two countries, being obscured in mystery and darkness and confusion.
    • Ambassadors used to have a scent of mystery, secrecy and even of romance about them.
    • In the days when he worked for the CIA, the agency was shrouded in secrecy and cloaked in mystery.
    Synonyms
    secrecy, obscurity, uncertainty, mystique
  • 1.2A 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
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    • I quickly went over to the desk and starting sifting through the papers, looking for a clue to the identity of our mystery guest.
    • Looks like our mystery guest blogger decided to reveal his true identity.
    • Click here for the identity of the mystery candidate.
  • 2A novel, play, or movie dealing with a puzzling crime, especially a murder.
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    • Thrillers, mysteries and crime novels are perennial favorites for summertime reading.
    • Further compounding the peril is the fact that this is basically a murder mystery, a whodunit with slasher overtones.
    • The story is a fairly set piece murder mystery, or murder thriller.
    Synonyms
    thriller, murder mystery, detective story/novel, murder story, crime novel
    informal whodunit
  • 3 (mysteries) The secret rites of Greek and Roman pagan religion, or of any ancient or tribal religion, to which only initiates are admitted.
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    • His Protrepticus is a copious source of information about the Greek mysteries, though his wish to represent them as a perversion of Scriptural teachings must have led to misrepresentation.
    • With folded hands, Ashoka begged enlightenment and initiation into the mysteries of the Dharma of Samudra.
    • The two strangers are not serious; there are jests at the mysteries which precede the enthronement, and he is being initiated into the mysteries of the sophistical ritual.
  • 3.1The 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
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    • To judge of the perfection of debtors by the numerosity of their creditors is the readiest way for entering into the mysteries of practical arithmetic.
    • Indian nuclear scientists say they have unpeeled one of the great mysteries of the soft-drinks trade - how to extract juice from bananas cheaply and simply.
    • It is, I think, true to say that many practising accountants no longer try to unravel the mysteries of the legislation by reading its provisions.
  • 3.2The Christian Eucharist.
  • 4chiefly Christian Theology A religious belief based on divine revelation, especially one regarded as beyond human understanding: the mystery of Christ
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    • Trinity Sunday celebrates the belief in the incomprehensible mystery of God, not only as Spirit, but also as God creator and God incarnate.
    • For a Christian, the answer is in the incarnation: because the divine mystery is made flesh.
    • In him, we can see the ultimate mystery of God in human form.
  • 4.1An 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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    • Walking through the Stations of the Cross or praying the rosary is another way to contemplate the mysteries of Jesus.
    • In that letter, he added five new mysteries to the rosary, and declared that his twenty-fifth anniversary year would be known as the Year of the Rosary.
    • Does he promulgate new mysteries for the Rosary?

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'mystic presence, hidden religious symbolism'): from Old French mistere or Latin mysterium, from Greek mustērion; related to mystic.

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There are 2 definitions of mystery in English:

mystery2

Syllabification: mys·ter·y
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈmist(ə)rē/

noun (plural mysteries)

archaic
  • A handicraft or trade.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin misterium, contraction of ministerium 'ministry', by association with mysterium (see mystery1).

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