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MYSTICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mystical mean? 

MYSTICAL (adjective)
  The adjective MYSTICAL has 3 senses:

1. relating to or characteristic of mysticism
2. relating to or resembling mysticism
3. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding

  Familiarity information: MYSTICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MYSTICAL (adjective)


Sense 1mystical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of mysticism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

mystical; mystic

Context example:

mystical religion

Pertainym:

mysticism (a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality)


Sense 2mystical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or resembling mysticism

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

mystic; mystical

Context examples:

mystical intuition / mystical theories about the securities market

Pertainym:

mysticism (obscure or irrational thought)


Sense 3mystical [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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