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mysticism Syllabification: mys·ti·cism
Pronunciation: /ˈmistəˌsizəm/

Definition of mysticism in English:

noun

1Belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.
Example sentences
  • For some, mysticism implies that subjective knowledge of the true nature of the universe can, in fact, be obtained.
  • This leads us into mysticism as the spiritual quality of staying in pure contemplation in the divine presence.
  • Does one then conclude that mysticism and the mystical experience is universal in its experience?
2Belief characterized by self-delusion or dreamy confusion of thought, especially when based on the assumption of occult qualities or mysterious agencies.
Example sentences
  • Conversely, Shah's proposals that we should all resign to being Hindus is not only based on mysticism and some New-Age notion of limited Hinduism, it is also impracticable.
  • It's easy to get mystical and New Agey about this sort of thing, for there's nothing easier than creating mysticism where there is mystery.
  • This is not, his followers point out, woolly mysticism; it's a science, based on superconductor theory and specific mathematical formulae.

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