Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality or God.
  • n. The experience of such communion as described by mystics.
  • n. A belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are central to being and directly accessible by subjective experience.
  • n. Vague, groundless speculation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The beliefs, ideas, or thoughts of mystics.
  • n. A doctrine of direct communication or spiritual intuition of divine truth.
  • n. A transcendental union of soul or mind with the divine reality or divinity.
  • n. Obscure thoughts and speculations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Obscurity of doctrine.
  • n. The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained.
  • n. The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being mystic or mystical; mysticalness.
  • n. Any mode of thought, or phase of intellectual or reli'gious life, in which reliance is placed upon a spiritual illumination believed to transcend the ordinary powers of the understanding.
  • n. Specifically, a form of religious belief which is founded upon spiritual experience, not discriminated or tested and systematized in thought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
  • n. obscure or irrational thought

Etymologies

English from the early to mid 1700's, Confer French mysticisme. (Wiktionary)

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