Mysterious

  • 1 mysterious — mysterious, inscrutable, arcane mean beyond one s power to discover, understand, or explain. Something mysterious excites wonder, curiosity, or surmise yet baffles all attempts to explain it {extremes in Nature equal ends produce, in Man they… …

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  • 2 mysterious — [mis tir′ē əs] adj. [< L mysterium (see MYSTERY1) + OUS] of, containing, implying, or characterized by mystery mysteriously adv. mysteriousness n. SYN. MYSTERIOUS is applied to that which excites curiosity, wonder, etc. but is impossible or… …

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  • 3 Mysterious — Mys*te ri*ous, a. [F. myst[ e]rieux. See 1st {Mystery}.] Of or pertaining to mystery; containing a mystery; difficult or impossible to understand; inexplicable; obscure; not revealed or explained; enigmatical; incomprehensible. [1913 Webster] God …

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  • 4 mysterious — I adjective abstruse, arcane, arcanus, baffling, cabalistic, clandestine, cloaked, coded, concealed, covert, cryptic, dark, disguised, enigmatic, enigmatical, esoteric, furtive, hidden, impenetrable, incomprehensible, ineffable, inexplicable,… …

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  • 5 mysterious — (adj.) 1610s, full of mystery, from L. mysterium (see MYSTERY (Cf. mystery) (1)) + OUS (Cf. ous). Related: Mysteriously; mysteriousness. Earlier in same sense was mysterial (early 15c.), from L.L. mysterialis …

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  • 6 mysterious — [adj] secret, concealed abstruse, alchemistic, arcane, astrological, baffling, cabalistic, covert, cryptic, curious, dark, difficult, enigmatic, enigmatical, equivocal, esoteric, furtive, hidden, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable,… …

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  • 7 mysterious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) difficult or impossible to understand, explain, or identify. 2) deliberately enigmatic. DERIVATIVES mysteriously adverb mysteriousness noun …

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  • 8 mysterious — mys|te|ri|ous [mıˈstıəriəs US ˈstır ] adj 1.) mysterious events or situations are difficult to explain or understand ▪ The police are investigating the mysterious deaths of children at the hospital. ▪ Benson later disappeared in mysterious… …

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  • 9 mysterious — adjective 1 mysterious events, behaviour, or situations are difficult to explain or understand: His father died of a mysterious disease. | a mysterious smile | in mysterious circumstances: Benson later disappeared in mysterious circumstances. 2 a …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 mysterious — mys|te|ri|ous [ mı stıriəs ] adjective ** 1. ) not explained or understood: They are investigating the mysterious disappearance of a young man. mysterious circumstances: He died in mysterious circumstances. a ) not recognized or known: a… …

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  • 11 mysterious — [[t]mɪstɪ͟əriəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is mysterious is strange and is not known about or understood. He died in mysterious circumstances... A mysterious illness confined him to bed for over a month... The whole thing seems… …

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  • 12 mysterious */*/ — UK [mɪˈstɪərɪəs] / US [mɪˈstɪrɪəs] adjective 1) a) not explained or understood They are investigating the mysterious disappearance of a young man. mysterious circumstances: He died in mysterious circumstances. b) not recognized or known a… …

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  • 13 mysterious — mysteriously, adv. mysteriousness, n. /mi stear ee euhs/, adj. 1. full of, characterized by, or involving mystery: a mysterious occurrence. 2. implying or suggesting a mystery: a mysterious smile. 3. of obscure nature, meaning, origin, etc.;… …

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  • 14 mysterious — mys•te•ri•ous [[t]mɪˈstɪər i əs[/t]] adj. 1) involving or full of mystery: a mysterious phone call[/ex] 2) suggesting or implying a mystery: a mysterious smile[/ex] 3) puzzling; inexplicable: a mysterious inscription on an ancient tomb[/ex]… …

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  • 15 mysterious — adj. mysterious about (mysterious about one s past) * * * [mɪ stɪ(ə)rɪəs] mysterious about (mysterious about one s past) …

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  • 16 mysterious — adjective Date: 1599 1. a. of, relating to, or constituting mystery < the mysterious ways of God > b. exciting wonder, curiosity, or surprise while baffling efforts to comprehend or identify ; mystifying < heard a mysterious noise > < a… …

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  • 17 mysterious — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Puzzling] Syn. puzzling, enigmatic, perplexing, strange, baffling, inexplicable, insoluble, unaccountable, inscrutable, confounding, shrouded in mystery; see also difficult 2 , unnatural 1 . 2. [Concerning powers beyond… …

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  • 18 mysterious — adjective 1) he vanished in mysterious circumstances Syn: puzzling, strange, peculiar, curious, funny, queer, odd, weird, bizarre, mystifying, inexplicable, baffling, perplexing, incomprehensible, unexplainable, unfathomable …

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  • 19 mysterious — adjective 1) mysterious circumstances Syn: puzzling, strange, peculiar, curious, funny, odd, weird, bizarre, mystifying, inexplicable, baffling, perplexing 2) he was being very mysterious Syn …

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  • 20 mysterious — [mɪˈstɪəriəs] adj 1) not explained, understood, or known They are investigating the mysterious disappearance of a young man.[/ex] He died in mysterious circumstances.[/ex] 2) keeping things secret in a way that makes other people want to discover …

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