Definition of mysticism in English:



  • 1Belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender.

    • ‘Does one then conclude that mysticism and the mystical experience is universal in its experience?’
    • ‘Through visual art, he tried to express a transcendental mysticism that he felt he could not fully communicate through music.’
    • ‘This inclination was supported by his decision in 1909, to join the Theosophical Society, where the religious mysticism encouraged him to turn inward to spiritual life.’
    • ‘Like them he favors a mysticism which maintains that the astral body - a duplicate of the physical body but composed of a finer substance - is what needs to be treated when one is ill.’
    • ‘But this intellectual empiricism was joined with an emotional and spiritual mysticism which he got from his parents.’
    • ‘His post-war work - which was much more loosely handled and often inspired by religious mysticism - did not compare in originality or strength with his great achievements of the 1920s.’
    • ‘I don't know how you feel about metaphysics or religion or mysticism, but we can feel the presence of life and, sometimes, how close someone's come to death.’
    • ‘For mysticism is most often associated in both East and West with monasteries.’
    • ‘This is because he encompasses every aspect of religion and mysticism in his life and teachings.’
    • ‘This is not the mysticism as an acceptable form of religion that is based on an intellectual mystical union.’
    • ‘He's a New Believer of a different kind, drawn to mysticism and the Bible, but not to belief in dogmas or religious institutions.’
    • ‘He said that mysticism was a spiritual way of getting closer to God.’
    • ‘All of us that live in the house share an interest in eastern Christian spirituality and mysticism of the Orthodox faith.’
    • ‘Here is an article about mysticism and devotional practices with a chaotic slant.’
    • ‘I've got no problem with you if you aren't, so long as you don't confuse what you're doing with spirituality or mysticism.’
    • ‘For some, mysticism implies that subjective knowledge of the true nature of the universe can, in fact, be obtained.’
    • ‘So therefore in different religions we have the special way for mysticism of that religion.’
    • ‘Though most religions, myth and mysticism is concerned with the idea of the spirit, the spiritual or the spirit world, could there be a physical or material component to spiritual existence?’
    • ‘This leads us into mysticism as the spiritual quality of staying in pure contemplation in the divine presence.’
    • ‘Jewish mysticism teaches that non-kosher food blocks the spiritual potential of the soul.’
  • 2Belief characterized by self-delusion or dreamy confusion of thought, especially when based on the assumption of occult qualities or mysterious agencies.

    • ‘Openly contemptuous of New Age mysticism, the novel parodies its adherents as witless and violent Edenites, followers of the Cult of Ignorance.’
    • ‘It's easy to get mystical and New Agey about this sort of thing, for there's nothing easier than creating mysticism where there is mystery.’
    • ‘But his hope seems to be a false hope based on an unscientific imagination seeped in mysticism and cheerily dispensed gibberish.’
    • ‘These problems come to a head in Chapter 11, where the movie takes a serious detour into a cartoonish pastiche of New Age mysticism and Native Alaskan belief.’
    • ‘Conversely, Shah's proposals that we should all resign to being Hindus is not only based on mysticism and some New-Age notion of limited Hinduism, it is also impracticable.’
    • ‘They have as a result imposed upon Daoism an irrational mysticism focused on a metaphysically absolute Dao.’
    • ‘This is not, his followers point out, woolly mysticism; it's a science, based on superconductor theory and specific mathematical formulae.’
    the supernatural, the paranormal, supernaturalism, magic, black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, wizardry, the black arts, kabbalah, cabbalism, occultism, diabolism, devil worship, devilry, voodoo, hoodoo, white magic, witchery, witching, orenda, mysticism
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