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Definitions of mystery

  1. Sacred rites and ceremonies among the ancients of stated observance, and into which only the initiated were admitted; dramas of a religious nature, in which were represented characters and events drawn from sacred history and the lives of the saints. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Something secret, hidden, or unexplained; that which is beyond human understanding. Mystery play, a Biblical drama, or miracle play, of the Middle Ages. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A secret doctrine: anything very obscure: that which is beyond human comprehension: anything artfully made difficult. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A trade, handicraft: a kind of rude drama of a religious nature (so called because acted by craftsmen). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. A secret; anything obscure or incomprehensible. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Something unknown or incomprehensible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A secret; something not comprehensible; an enigma; a trade. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A profound secret; something wholly unknown; something awfully obscure or incomprehensible; that which is kept secret for a time to be afterwards revealed; a miracle-play. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. The consecrated elements in the eucharist. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; - usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for mystery

  1. He was not alone in that mystery – Bunyan by James Anthony Froude
  2. It is nearly as much a mystery to me as to you. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
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