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Meaning of MYSTICISM

Pronunciation:  'mistu`sizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  obscure or irrational thought
  2. [n]  a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality

MYSTICISM is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: religious mysticism
 See Also: cerebration, faith, intellection, mentation, quietism, religion, religious belief, thinking, thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mys"ti*cism\, n. [Cf. F. mysticisme.]
1. Obscurity of doctrine.

2. (Eccl. Hist.) The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a
   pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and
   maintained that they had direct intercourse with the
   divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of
   spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect,
   and such as can not be analyzed or explained.

3. (Philos.) The doctrine that the ultimate elements or
   principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or
   process akin to feeling or faith.

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