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mystical Line breaks: mys|tic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstɪk(ə)l/

Definition of mystical in English:


1Relating to mystics or religious mysticism: the mystical theology of Richard Rolle
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  • At the core of all religious traditions is a mystical experience, an experience of unity, of oneness, with the divine.
  • At the time, Micheal and I differed on certain fundamentals behind our work, especially in the area of religious and mystical experiences.
  • In different ways, they've become disillusioned in respect of romantic love, have the rewards and consolations of religious and mystical experience and feel compelled to act responsibly.
1.1Having a spiritual symbolic or allegorical significance that transcends human understanding: the mystical body of Christ
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  • Taoism is a Chinese philosophical tradition that emphasizes the spiritual and mystical connection between human beings and nature.
  • And that was considered to be something mystical and spiritual.
  • There's also the mystical, spiritual side of Ayurveda, which sees all intelligence and wisdom as flowing from one source.
1.2Relating to ancient religious mysteries or other occult or esoteric rites: the mystical practices of the Pythagoreans
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  • Together they unravel and expose the island's medicine woman who delves into the dark secrets of obeah, an ancient mystical practice similar to voodoo.
  • To those on a quest for spiritual evolution or transformation, they promise entry into an esoteric world of ancient mystical wisdom.
  • His interests were wide and many but by the turn of the century his main interests were esoteric, mystical, and occult.
1.3Of hidden or esoteric meaning: a geometric figure of mystical significance
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  • Look, I appreciate that, in some deep mystical sociological sense, it was all our fault.
  • Joyce himself believed the progress of his writing was, in some mystical sense, bound up with his daughter's illness.
  • Through painting he sought to uncover mystical inner forces that animate nature.
2Inspiring a sense of spiritual mystery, awe, and fascination: the mystical city of Kathmandu
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  • Trees as one of the oldest symbols of life have from the ancient period been associated with the mystical forces of nature.
  • This someone or something is usually either God or the mystical forces of nature.
  • I wonder if there is some sort of mystical force that compels me to be such a miserable bastard.
2.1Concerned with the soul or the spirit, rather than with material things: the beliefs of a more mystical age
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  • According to the teachings of the world's major religions, this mystical soul, or spirit, somehow lives on after death.
  • One thing this seems to imply is that that soul is not the mystical animating spirit of the person, so much as their conscience.
  • Like parapsychology, intelligent design is a defense of the soul; it just emphasizes intelligence rather than a mystical consciousness.



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  • ‘You would have to meet him to know,’ she answers rather mystically.
  • They must indeed be mystically connected to me.
  • The beginners look at it mystically, a title they hear about but cannot imagine holding.

Words that rhyme with mystical

deistical, egoistical, logistical, papistical

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