Meaning and Origin
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- A submission from Kansas, U.S. says the name Mystery means "Mischievous, ornery, manipulative" and is of English origin.
- A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension."We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery." [1 Cor. ii. 7.]"If God should please to reveal unto us this great mystery of the Trinity, or some other mysteries in our holy religion, we should not be able to understand them, unless he would bestow on us some new faculties of the mind." [Swift.]
- A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; -- usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries .
- pl.The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
- Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
Etymology: L. mysterium, Gr. mysth`rion, fr. my`sths one initiated in mysteries; cf. myei^n to initiate into the mysteries, fr. my`ein to shut the eyes. Cf. Mute (a.)
- A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied."Fie upon him, he will discredit our mystery." [Shak.]"And that which is the noblest mystery Brings to reproach and common infamy." [Spenser.]
- A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century."“ Mystery plays,” so called because acted by craftsmen." [Skeat.]
Etymology: OE. mistere, OF. mestier, F. métier, L. ministerium. See Ministry
- Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained ("how it got out is a mystery")
- A story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
From Middle English mysterie, from Anglo-Norman misterie (Old French mistere), from Latin mysterium, from Ancient Greek μυστήριον (mustḗrion, “a mystery, a secret, a secret rite”), from μύστης (mústēs, “initiated one”), from μυέω (muéō, “I initiate”), from μύω (múō, “I shut”).
- Something secret or unexplainable; an unknown. [From XIV century.]
- The truth behind the events remains a .
- Someone or something with an obscure or puzzling nature.
- That man is a .
- (obsolete) A secret or mystical meaning. [From XIV century.]
- A religious truth not understandable by the application of human reason alone (without divine aid). [From XIV century.]
- (archaic outside Eastern Orthodoxy) A sacrament. [From XV century.]
- (chiefly in the plural) A secret religious celebration, admission to which was usually through initiation. [From XV century.]
- the Eleusinian
- the of Mithras
- (Catholicism) A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ. [From XVII century.]
- The second decade of the Rosary concerns the Sorrowful , such as the crucifixion and the crowning with thorns.
- A craft, art or trade; specifically a guild of craftsmen.
mystery was also found in the following language(s): Middle English