- Mystery is defined as something that is a secret, something where there is no clear explanation, something difficult to understand or explain or something unexplainable or unsolvable.
- An example of a mystery is the location of your Christmas presents.
- An example of a mystery is whether there is proof that God exists.
- An example of a mystery is how exactly people came to be.
- An example of a mystery is a situation where it is unclear who committed a crime.
mystery definition by Webster's New World
- something unexplained, unknown, or kept secret: the mystery of life
- any thing or event that remains so secret or obscure as to excite curiosity: a murder mystery
- a novel, story, or play involving such an event, esp. a crime and the gradual discovery of who committed it
- the quality of being inexplicable; obscurity or secrecy: an air of mystery surrounding the affair
- secret rites or doctrines known only to a small, esoteric group; specif., in ancient Greece, religious ceremonies or doctrines revealed only to the initiated
- any of the ancient cults characterized by such ceremonies: the Eleusinian mysteries
Origin: ? infl. by mysterymystery play
- a sacrament; esp. the Eucharist
- any of fifteen events in the lives of Jesus and Mary serving as a subject for meditation during the saying of the rosary
- Theol. any religious truth made known only by divine revelation and accepted through faith
Origin: Middle English mysterye ; from Classical Latin mysterium (in New Testament , supernatural thing) ; from Classical Greek mystērion, a secret rite (in New Testament , divine secret) ; from mystēs, one initiated into the mysteries ; from myein, to initiate into the mysteries, origin, originally , to close: see myope
- a craft or trade
- guild (sense )
Origin: altered ; from Middle English misterie, a trade, craft ; from Midieval Latin misterium, altered ; from Classical Latin ministerium, office, occupation (see minister), by confusion with mysterium (see mystery)
mystery definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mys·ter·ies
- One that is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes the understanding; an enigma: How he got in is a mystery.
- One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity: The woman in the photograph is a mystery.
- A mysterious character or quality: a landscape with mystery and charm.
- A work of fiction, a drama, or a film dealing with a puzzling crime.
- The skills, lore, or practices that are peculiar to a particular activity or group and are regarded as the special province of initiates. Often used in the plural: the mysteries of Freemasonry; the mysteries of cooking game.
- A religious truth that is incomprehensible to reason and knowable only through divine revelation.
- a. An incident from the life of Jesus, especially the Incarnation, Passion, Crucifixion, or Resurrection, of particular importance for redemption.b. One of the 15 incidents from the lives of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary, such as the Annunciation or the Ascension, serving in Roman Catholicism as the subject of meditation during recitation of the rosary.
- a. also Mystery One of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.b. mysteries The consecrated elements of the Eucharist.
- a. A religious cult practicing secret rites to which only initiates are admitted.b. A secret rite of such a cult.
Origin: Middle English misterie, from Latin mystērium, from Greek mustērion, secret rite, from mustēs, an initiate, from mūein, to close the eyes, initiate.
noun pl. mys·ter·ies
- Archaic A trade or an occupation.
- Archaic A guild, as of merchants or artisans.
- A mystery play.
Origin: Middle English misterie, service, craft, from Medieval Latin misterium, craft-guild, from Late Latin, alteration of Latin ministerium, occupation, from minister, assistant, servant; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.