mysticism

 /ˈmɪstɪsɪzəm/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.


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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