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Meaning of MYSTERY

Pronunciation:  'misturee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
  2. [n]  a story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie

MYSTERY is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: closed book, enigma, mystery story, secret, whodunit
 See Also: detective story, murder mystery, perplexity, story



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mys"ter*y\, n.; pl. {Mysteries}. [L. mysterium, Gr. ?,
    fr. ? one initiated in mysteries; cf. ? to initiate into the
    mysteries, fr. ? to shut the eyes. Cf. {Mute}, a.]
    1. 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.
             We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery. --1 Cor.
                                                   ii. 7.
             If God should please to reveal unto us this great
             mystery of the Trinity, or some other mysteries in
             our holy religion, we should not be able to
             understand them, unless he would bestow on us some
             new faculties of the mind.            --Swift.
    2. 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.
    3. pl. The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
    4. Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
  2. \Mys"ter*y\, n.; pl. {Mysteries}. [OE. mistere, OF.
    mestier, F. m['e]tier, L. ministerium. See {Ministry}.]
    1. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one
       is usually occupied.
             Fie upon him, he will discredit our mystery. --Shak.
             And that which is the noblest mystery Brings to
             reproach and common infamy.           --Spenser.
    2. A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often
       some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition
       of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting
       of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city
       in the early part of the 14th century.
             ``Mystery plays,'' so called because acted by
             craftsmen.                            --Skeat.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the calling of the Gentiles into the Christian Church, so designated (Eph. 1:9, 10; 3:8-11; Col. 1:25-27); a truth undiscoverable except by revelation, long hid, now made manifest. The resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:51), and other doctrines which need to be explained but which cannot be fully understood by finite intelligence (Matt. 13:11; Rom. 11:25; 1 Cor. 13:2); the union between Christ and his people symbolized by the marriage union (Eph. 5:31, 32; comp. 6:19); the seven stars and the seven candlesticks (Rev. 1:20); and the woman clothed in scarlet (17:7), are also in this sense mysteries. The anti-Christian power working in his day is called by the apostle (2 Thess. 2:7) the "mystery of iniquity."

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