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MYSTERIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mysterious mean? 

MYSTERIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective MYSTERIOUS has 2 senses:

1. of an obscure nature
2. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

  Familiarity information: MYSTERIOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MYSTERIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1mysterious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of an obscure nature

Synonyms:

mysterious; inscrutable; cryptical; cryptic; mystifying; deep

Context examples:

the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms / a deep dark secret / the inscrutable workings of Providence / in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life / rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands

Similar:

incomprehensible; inexplicable (incapable of being explained or accounted for)


Sense 2mysterious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

Synonyms:

mystic; mysterious; occult; orphic; mystical; secret

Context examples:

mysterious symbols / the mystical style of Blake / occult lore / the secret learning of the ancients

Similar:

esoteric (confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle)


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