Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Belief in direct experience of transcendent reality or God, especially by means of contemplation and asceticism instead of rational thought.
  • noun Such experience had by an individual.
  • noun Belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are directly accessible by subjective experience.
  • noun Belief that is not based on evidence or subjected to criticism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being mystic or mystical; mysticalness.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Specifically, a form of religious belief which is founded upon spiritual experience, not discriminated or tested and systematized in thought.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Obscurity of doctrine.
  • noun (Eccl. Hist.) 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.
  • noun (Philos.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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  • It's the use of what I call mysticism in his rhetoric: he's the candidate of "change".

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  • When anyone shrouds things in mysticism and lies it is not hard to know what kind of person they are overall.

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  • In contrast, true Christian mysticism is rooted in love and self giving.

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  • Of Eckhart's two famous followers, the mystical experiences of Henry Suso (c. 1300 – 1366) are more similar to those of Dominican women and other female mystics. 23 His mysticism is marked by affective piety and images that can be found in the visions of many female mystics. 24 Of the three, his writings found the greatest circulation among Dominican women, especially excerpts from his Exemplar.

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  • In Indonesia, where mysticism is deeply rooted in traditional culture, local governments certify those claiming to use magical charms or psychic powers for healing.

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