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 mysteryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1The condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain: much of her past is shrouded in mysteryMore example sentences
secrecy, obscurity, uncertainty, mystique
- 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.
- 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 guestMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 3 (mysteries) The secret rites of Greek and Roman pagan religion, or of any ancient or tribal religion, to which only initiates are admitted.More example sentences
- 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 psychologyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 4chiefly Christian Theology A religious belief based on divine revelation, especially one regarded as beyond human understanding: the mystery of ChristMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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?
Middle English (in the sense 'mystic presence, hidden religious symbolism'): from Old French mistere or Latin mysterium, from Greek mustērion; related to mystic.
noun (plural mysteries)• archaic
late Middle English: from medieval Latin misterium, contraction of ministerium 'ministry', by association with mysterium (see mystery1).