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Definitions of mystery

  1. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; " how it got out is a mystery"; " it remains one of nature's secrets"
  2. a story about a crime ( usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
  3. A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension.
  4. The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
  5. Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
  6. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.
  7. 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.
  8. Something secret, hidden, or unexplained; that which is beyond human understanding. Mystery play, a Biblical drama, or miracle play, of the Middle Ages.
  9. A secret doctrine: anything very obscure: that which is beyond human comprehension: anything artfully made difficult.
  10. A trade, handicraft: a kind of rude drama of a religious nature ( so called because acted by craftsmen).
  11. A secret; anything obscure or incomprehensible.
  12. Something unknown or incomprehensible.
  13. 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.
  14. A secret; something not comprehensible; an enigma; a trade.
  15. 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.

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
  3. There is nothing I hate so much as a mystery. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  4. After waiting a few days I set out for the scene of the mystery. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  5. Well, there's some mystery about him. – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  6. It is not possible that I shall not find the way, that I shall not see through this mystery. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  7. But the sun leaves no mystery. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  8. This- this was the heart of the mystery! – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  9. When there's a bit of mystery, you know- eh? – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  10. Blue Car Mystery, The. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  11. How they manage to find paper is to me a mystery. – Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris by Henry Labouchère
  12. She went straight to the heart of the mystery. – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  13. There is no mystery in this. – That Fortune by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  14. Some time I will tell you why I came here," he continued, with an air of mystery. – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  15. But now there was no longer need for mystery. – Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion by St. George Tucker
  16. This mystery must be cleared up before you leave this room. – The Red Derelict by Bertram Mitford
  17. Not the least mystery of Cray's Folly was the presence of this girl. – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  18. I, too, could have explained the " mystery." – The House by the Lock by C. N. Williamson
  19. " That is a mystery to me," answered Florence. – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
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