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mys·te·ri·ous

 (mĭ-stîr′ē-əs)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or being a religious mystery: mysterious and infinite truths.
2. Arousing wonder or curiosity, especially by being difficult to explain or understand: the mysterious disappearance of the relevant files.

[French mystérieux, from mystère, secret, from Latin mystērium; see mystery1.]

mys·te′ri·ous·ly adv.
mys·te′ri·ous·ness n.
Synonyms: mysterious, esoteric, arcane, occult, cryptic, enigmatic
These adjectives mean beyond human power to explain or understand. Something mysterious arouses wonder and inquisitiveness: "The sea lies all about us.... In its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life" (Rachel Carson).
What is esoteric is mysterious because only a select group knows and understands it: a compilation of esoteric philosophical essays. Arcane applies to what is hidden from general knowledge: arcane economic theories. Occult suggests knowledge reputedly gained only by secret, magical, or supernatural means: an occult rite. Cryptic suggests a sometimes deliberately puzzling terseness: His roommate left cryptic messages alluding to his whereabouts. Something enigmatic is mysterious and puzzling: The biography struggles to make sense of the artist's enigmatic life.

mysterious

(mɪˈstɪərɪəs)
adj
1. characterized by or indicative of mystery
2. puzzling, curious, or enigmatic
mysˈteriously adv
mysˈteriousness n

mys•te•ri•ous

(mɪˈstɪər i əs)

adj.
1. involving or full of mystery: a mysterious phone call.
2. suggesting or implying a mystery: a mysterious smile.
3. puzzling; inexplicable: a mysterious inscription on an ancient tomb.
mys•te′ri•ous•ly, adv.
mys•te′ri•ous•ness, n.
syn: mysterious, inscrutable, mystical, obscure refer to that which is not easily comprehended or explained. That which is mysterious, by being unknown or puzzling, excites curiosity or awe: a mysterious disease. inscrutable applies to that which is impenetrable, so enigmatic that one cannot interpret it: an inscrutable smile. That which is mystical has a secret significance, such as that attaching to certain rites or signs: mystical symbols. That which is obscure is discovered or comprehended dimly or with difficulty: obscure motives.

mysterious

  • arcane - Meaning "hidden, secret; mysterious, abstruse," it is from Latin arcere, "shut up," from arca, "chest."
  • god moves in a mysterious way, the worse for wear, variety is the spice of life - "God moves in a mysterious way" originated with poet William Cowper—as did the phrases "the worse for wear" and "variety is the spice of life."
  • handwriting on the wall, writing on the wall - Handwriting on the wall (or writing on the wall) comes from the Bible (Daniel 5:5-31), in which the prophet interprets some mysterious writing that a disembodied hand has inscribed on the palace wall, telling King Belshazzar that he will be overthrown.
  • fluence - To put the fluence on is to use one's mysterious, magical, or hypnotic power.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mysterious - of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
incomprehensible, inexplicable - incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
2.mysterious - having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding; "mysterious symbols"; "the mystical style of Blake"; "occult lore"; "the secret learning of the ancients"
esoteric - confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories"

mysterious

adjective
2. secretive, enigmatic, evasive, discreet, covert, reticent, furtive, inscrutable, non-committal, surreptitious, cloak-and-dagger, sphinx-like As for his job - well, he was very mysterious about it.
Quotations
"God moves in a mysterious way"
"His wonders to perform;"
"He plants his footsteps in the sea,"
"And rides upon the storm" [William Cowper Olney Hymns]

mysterious

adjective
Difficult to explain or understand:
Translations
misterieus
سِرّي، غامِضغامضغَامِضٌ
таинствен
záhadnýtajemný
mystiskgådefuld
mistera
salapärane
ﻡﻬﺒﻤ
salaperäinenmystinen
מִסְתּוֹרִי
guptartharashasyapurna
tajanstvenzagonetan
rejtelmesrejtélyestitokzatos
misterius
dularfullur
謎めいた
신비한
arcanus
paslaptingas
mīklains
misterios
tajomná
skrivnosten
тајанствен
mystisk
kidube
ที่ลึกลับลี้ลับ
таємничий
huyền bíthần bí

mysterious

[mɪsˈtɪərɪəs] ADJ
1. (= puzzling) [disappearance, illness, circumstances] → misterioso
there is nothing mysterious about itno tiene nada de misterioso, no tiene ningún misterio
the Lord moves in mysterious wayslos designios del Señor son inescrutables
2. (= enigmatic) [person, object] → misterioso; [smile] → misterioso, lleno de misterio
why are you being so mysterious?¿por qué andas con tanto misterio?, ¿a qué viene tanto misterio?

mysterious

[mɪˈstɪəriəs] adj
[event, circumstances] → mystérieux/euse
to be mysterious about sth [person] → rester mystérieux/euse au sujet de qch

mysterious

adj (= puzzling)rätselhaft, mysteriös; (= secretive)geheimnisvoll; atmosphere, strangergeheimnisvoll; she is being quite mysterious about it/himsie macht ein großes Geheimnis daraus/um ihn; why are you being so mysterious?warum tust du so geheimnisvoll?; for some mysterious reasonaus unerfindlichen Gründen; the Lord moves in mysterious waysdie Wege des Herrn sind unergründlich

mysterious

[mɪsˈtɪərɪəs] adjmisterioso/a

mystery

(ˈmistəri) plural ˈmysteries noun
1. something that cannot be, or has not been, explained. the mystery of how the universe was formed; the mystery of his disappearance; How she passed her exam is a mystery to me.
2. the quality of being impossible to explain, understand etc. Her death was surrounded by mystery.
myˈsterious (-ˈstiəriəs) adjective
difficult to understand or explain, or full of mystery. mysterious happenings; He's being very mysterious (= refuses to explain fully) about what his work is
myˈsteriously adverb

mysterious

غَامِضٌ záhadný mystisk geheimnisvoll μυστηριώδης misterioso salaperäinen mystérieux tajanstven misterioso 謎めいた 신비한 mysterieus mystisk tajemniczy misterioso таинственный mystisk ที่ลึกลับ gizemli huyền bí 神秘的
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A moment was allowed for the first thrill to subside, then Hugo, the villain, stalked in with a clanking sword at his side, a slouching hat, black beard, mysterious cloak, and the boots.
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Heyward and his female companions witnessed this mysterious movement with secret uneasiness; for, though the conduct of the white man had hitherto been above reproach, his rude equipments, blunt address, and strong antipathies, together with the character of his silent associates, were all causes for exciting distrust in minds that had been so recently alarmed by Indian treachery.
Let these influencing powers actuate, by the permission or disposal of Providence, from selfish or social views, yet in time the mysterious will of Heaven is unfolded, and we behold our conduct, from whatsoever motives excited, operating to answer the important designs of heaven.
Out of one window I can see the garden, those mysterious deepshaded arbors, the riotous old-fashioned flowers, and bushes and gnarly trees.
Carr, who had dined with his friends under the excuse of not adding to the awkwardness of the first day's housekeeping returned late at night with a mass of papers and drawings, into which he afterwards withdrew, but not until he had delivered himself of a mysterious package entrusted to him by the young men for his daughters.
Colonel Pyncheon's sudden and mysterious end made a vast deal of noise in its day.
But the object that most drew my attention to the mysterious package was a certain affair of fine red cloth, much worn and faded, There were traces about it of gold embroidery, which, however, was greatly frayed and defaced, so that none, or very little, of the glitter was left.
There was something in the moody and dogged silence of this pertinacious companion that was mysterious and appalling.
Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity.
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This dried material they would then grind to a fine powder, and after they had mixed it up well with a mysterious but inoffensive brown rock which they brought in and ground up by the hundreds of carloads for that purpose, the substance was ready to be put into bags and sent out to the world as any one of a hundred different brands of standard bone phosphate.