mysteriousness


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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.
Translations
rejtélyességtitokzatosság
References in classic literature ?
A certain mysteriousness hangs around the quality of speed as it was displayed by the old sailing-ships commanded by a competent seaman.
This sort of mysteriousness, which is always so becoming in a hero, threw a fresh grace in Catherine's imagination around his person and manners, and increased her anxiety to know more of him.
After that, appalling things happened, and the mysteriousness of the morning was explained to Mary.
On the following evening she went up as before, with the same mysteriousness and the same precaution.
Then she lowered her eyelids again, shutting all mysteriousness out of the situation except for the sobering memory of that glance, nightlike in the sunshine, expressively still in the brutal unrest of the street.
He was impressed and interested by the mysteriousness of the effect.
She was mysterious, with the mysteriousness of living beings.
His children had urged him to travel: Mary Chivers had felt sure it would do him good to go abroad and "see the galleries." The very mysteriousness of such a cure made her the more confident of its efficacy.
The mysteriousness of his quickened heart-beats startled him.
Answers on the mysteriousness of God, on how we should not question His ways were no longer good enough.
This adds to the novel's mysteriousness. Petrescu's aims are laid out throughout the text, and the characters never know more than the reader.
But Lee was attracted to both its mystery (boy loses girl to rich cad, then girl vanishes without a trace) and its mysteriousness, which 'gave [him] a lot of room to develop and expand into the cinematic medium'.