• Something secret or unexplainable; an unknown.
  • Someone or something with an obscure or puzzling nature.
  • A secret or mystical meaning.
  • A religious truth not understandable by the application of human reason alone (without divine aid).
  • A sacrament.
  • A secret religious celebration, admission to which was usually through initiation.
  • A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ.
  • A craft, art or trade; specifically a guild of craftsmen.


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  • From Middle English mysterie, from Anglo-Norman misterie (Old French mistere), from Latin mysterium, from Ancient Greek μυστήριον ("a mystery, a secret, a secret rite"), from μύστης, from μυέω, from μύω. Displaced native Old English ġerȳne.

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