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MYSTERY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mystery mean? 

MYSTERY (noun)
  The noun MYSTERY has 2 senses:

1. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
2. a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

  Familiarity information: MYSTERY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MYSTERY (noun)


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Meaning:

Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

closed book; enigma; mystery; secret

Context examples:

how it got out is a mystery / it remains one of nature's secrets

Hypernyms ("mystery" is a kind of...):

perplexity (trouble or confusion resulting from complexity)


Sense 2mystery [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

mystery story; whodunit; mystery

Hypernyms ("mystery" is a kind of...):

story (a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mystery"):

detective story (a narrative about someone who investigates crimes and obtains evidence leading to their resolution)

murder mystery (a narrative about a murder and how the murderer is discovered)


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