Definition of Mystery

1. Noun. Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained. "It remains one of nature's secrets"

Exact synonyms: Closed Book, Enigma, Secret
Generic synonyms: Perplexity
Derivative terms: Enigmatic, Enigmatic, Enigmatical, Mysterious, Mysterious, Mystify, Mystify

2. Noun. A story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie.
Exact synonyms: Mystery Story, Whodunit
Generic synonyms: Story
Specialized synonyms: Detective Story, Murder Mystery

Definition of Mystery

1. n. A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension.

2. n. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.

Definition of Mystery

1. Noun. Something secret or unexplainable; unknown. ¹

2. Noun. Someone or thing with an obscure or puzzling nature. ¹

3. Noun. (context: Catholicism) A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ. ¹

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Definition of Mystery

1. something that is not or cannot be known, understood, or explained [n -TERIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mystery

mystery (current term)
mystery bag
mystery bags
mystery meat
mystery meat navigation
mystery meats
mystery novel
mystery play
mystery plays
mystery ship
mystery ships
mystery shopper
mystery shoppers
mystery story
mystery tour

Literary usage of Mystery

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1849)
"Mon., 15 Nov., Man of the World & A Tale of mystery 358 О О Eg., 2301, ... Tues., 16 Nov., Delays and Blunders & A Tale of mystery 334 l» G Ер Eg. 2301, ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1920)
"Try it on your customers who like mystery and detective stories. ... Defy them to solve the mystery of the blue envelope with the red seal. ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1823)
"The great power of this " mystery" is in its fearless and daring simplicity. ... The angels of the " mystery" deign not to use many words, even to their ..."

4. A Spiritual Treasury for the Children of God: Consisting of a Meditation for by William Mason (1803)
"Carnal reason ever oppo- seth the mystery of the gospel, but faith is supported by God's ... This mystery of faith is only known to enlightened minds. ..."

5. Sermons by Phillips Brooks (1903)
"THE mystery OF INIQUITY. " The mystery of iniquity." — 2 THESS. ii. 7. IN this season of Lent, the one thought which we want to bring and keep before ..."

6. The Works of Jonathan Edwards: With a Memoir of His Life and Character by Jonathan Edwards, Tryon Edwards (1854)
"The word mystery cannot be applied to moral truth, any more than obscurity can be applied to light. The God in whom we believe, is a God of moral truth, ..."

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