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1[mass noun] A quality of mystery, glamour, or power associated with someone or something.‘the mystique surrounding the monarchy’
charisma, glamour, romance, mystery, fascination, magic, spell, charm, appeal, allure, aweView synonyms
- ‘Historical sites of revolutions are often imbued with an aura of romantic mystique.’
- ‘There is a telling difference between a band that strives to be mysterious and one that achieves mystique.’
- ‘The monarchy has not been able to maintain its mystique.’
- ‘Perhaps it is a sign of the home team finally losing its mystique, and most importantly, its aura of invincibility.’
- ‘Today, the difficulty we continue to have in sourcing many Portuguese wines adds to their mystique and allure.’
- ‘Part of that is her womanly mystique, the undeniable eroticism of the unknown.’
- ‘Its mystique and appeal will grow with the passage of time every time you see it.’
- ‘As a child, there was some mystique associated with a power outage.’
- ‘He is still shrouded in mystique - but he is no longer quite such a mystery.’
- ‘I guess that gave the day something of an air of mystique and charm to start with.’
- ‘Much mystery and mystique surrounds opinion polling and focus groups conducted for political parties.’
- ‘We are left with a line-up which is fresh, appealing and not without its fair share of mystique.’
- ‘Do you ever sit back and laugh at the mystery or mystique that surrounds you?’
- ‘No other sports come close to matching the martial arts for a sense of mystique and mystery.’
- ‘This was the type of game that makes you believe in miracles and curses, mystique and aura, and destiny.’
- ‘Having retained its aura of mystique and history since time immemorial, it has become a restful corner in our hectic world.’
- ‘Clearly the participating press participates in the inner workings of power and helps create its mystique.’
- ‘His glamour and mystique remain as potent now as they were at their height in 1921.’
- ‘It adds allure and mystique to cricket and is great for spectators.’
- ‘Postal voting removes the aura and mystique of the democratic process.’
- 1.1An air of secrecy surrounding a particular activity or subject that makes it impressive or baffling to those without specialized knowledge.‘eliminating the mystique normally associated with computers’
secrecy, darkness, obscurity, ambiguity, ambiguousness, uncertainty, impenetrability, vagueness, nebulousnessView synonyms
- ‘I suppose that it's because there's this mystique and marvel surrounding astronauts and trips into space, you know?’
- ‘The main trainers seem to enjoy the air of mystique that surrounds a lot of it, and they want to take large amounts of your money from you for signing up to their courses.’
- ‘There was a kind of mystique about the Japanese art of Bonsai, which many thought could be mastered only with years of training.’
- ‘These products are surrounded by considerable mystique and are often outrageously expensive.’
- ‘In this book they have captured the magic and mystique of bonefishing.’
- ‘Unfortunately there is much mystique surrounding trade marks.’
- ‘There's too much mystique about writing and too many people never even try it because they assume it's too difficult.’
- ‘I mean that pretty much deflates the mystique that's surrounding it.’
- ‘The legal system's terms and mystique create an impression of complexity and unapproachability.’
- ‘Or perhaps it was the aura of alchemical mystique that surrounds the whole idea of breadmaking?’
Late 19th century: from French, from Old French (see mystic).
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