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mys·ti·cal

 (mĭs′tĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or stemming from mysticism or immediate understanding of spiritual matters, especially when experienced as direct communion with God: a mystical trance; a mystical treatise.
2. Symbolic or allegorical, especially with regard to spirituality: a mystical interpretation of a parable.
3.
a. Awe-inspiring or mysterious: "Had his dabbling in the unknown awakened a liking for more mystical sounds, the magical conjuring of sea upon the shore?" (Daphne du Maurier).
b. Believed or maintained with awe or deep respect, especially when contrary to or lacking factual evidence: mystical theories about the securities market.
4. Of or relating to mystic rites or practices: stones arranged in a mystical circle.

mys′ti·cal·ly adv.
mys′ti·cal·ness n.

mystical

(ˈmɪstɪkəl)
adj
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) relating to or characteristic of mysticism
2. (Theology) Christianity having a divine or sacred significance that surpasses natural human apprehension
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) having occult or metaphysical significance, nature, or force
4. a less common word for mysterious
ˈmystically adv
ˈmysticalness n

mys•ti•cal

(ˈmɪs tɪ kəl)

adj.
1. mystic; occult.
2. of or pertaining to mystics or mysticism.
3. spiritually symbolic.
[1425–75]
mys′ti•cal•ly, adv.
mys′ti•cal•ness, n.
syn: See mysterious.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mystical - relating to or characteristic of mysticism; "mystical religion"
2.mystical - relating to or resembling mysticism; "mystical intuition"; "mystical theories about the securities market"
3.mystical - 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"

mystical

adjective
Difficult to explain or understand:
Translations

mystical

[ˈmɪstɪkəl] ADJmístico

mystical

[ˈmɪstɪkəl] adjmystique

mystical

adjmystisch

mystical

[ˈmɪstɪkl] adjmistico/a
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In my desk you will find a crimson candle, which has been blessed by the High Priest and has a peculiar mystical significance.
Not impossible she Who shall command my heart and me,"-- without meeting at some turning of the way the mystical Golden Girl,--without, in short, finding a wife?
He was a man of unusual character, mystical after the fashion of a time that had no leaning to mysticism, who was impatient with life because he found himself unable to say the things which the obscure impulses of his heart suggested.
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelop; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
There is little in the Confucian classics to inspire a poet, and we must turn to Buddhism and the mystical philosophy of Lao Tzu for any source of spiritual inspiration from which the poets have drawn.
Life showed itself to me in different colors after I had once read Tourguenief; it became more serious, more awful, and with mystical responsibilities I had not known before.
Read the mystical book I am sending you; it has an enormous success here.
Then, emphasising his words with his loud voice and frequent gestures, he related the history of the Mormons from Biblical times: how that, in Israel, a Mormon prophet of the tribe of Joseph published the annals of the new religion, and bequeathed them to his son Mormon; how, many centuries later, a translation of this precious book, which was written in Egyptian, was made by Joseph Smith, junior, a Vermont farmer, who revealed himself as a mystical prophet in 1825; and how, in short, the celestial messenger appeared to him in an illuminated forest, and gave him the annals of the Lord.
Thus, at sixteen years of age, the young clerk might have held his own, in mystical theology, against a father of the church; in canonical theology, against a father of the councils; in scholastic theology, against a doctor of Sorbonne.
Behind it all, he had a subconsciousness that he was but taking a part in some mystical play; yet with an abandon which, when he stopped to think of it, astonished him, he gave himself up without effort or scruple to this most amazing interlude.
Although there was in these words a flavor of that sentimental emotion at her own lofty feelings, and that new mystical fervor which had lately gained ground in Petersburg, and which seemed to Alexey Alexandrovitch disproportionate, still it was pleasant to him to hear this now.
The scene of this romance, which opens well, is laid in the South Seas, but everything soon becomes overdrawn and fantastical, and the thread of the story loses itself in a mystical allegory.