One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to Mithraism; = "Mithraic". Now rare.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Stukeley (1687–1765), antiquary and natural philosopher. From post-classical Latin Mithriacus from Hellenistic Greek Μιθριακός (modifying μυστήριον mystery) from Μιθρ- + -ιακός, suffix formed from reanalysis of nouns in -ια + suffix -ακός. Compare French mithriaque.
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