WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
mys•ti•cism /ˈmɪstəˌsɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the beliefs, ideas, or way of thought of mystics.
  2. the belief that it is possible to gain knowledge of spiritual truths beyond ordinary human understanding, through a direct union with God that occurs after fasting, praying, or meditating.
  3. ideas or thoughts that are difficult or impossible to understand or prove:The physicist's ideas about the beginning of the universe are more mysticism than true science.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
mys•ti•cism  (mistə siz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of mystics.
  2. a doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy.
  3. obscure thought or speculation.
  • mystic + -ism 1730–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

mysticism /ˈmɪstɪˌsɪzəm/ n
  1. belief in or experience of a reality surpassing normal human understanding or experience, esp a reality perceived as essential to the nature of life
  2. a system of contemplative prayer and spirituality aimed at achieving direct intuitive experience of the divine
  3. obscure or confused belief or thought

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