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Definition of mystery:

  1. A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century.
  2. A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; - usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries.
  3. A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension.
  4. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.
  5. Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
  6. The consecrated elements in the eucharist.


secret, closed book, magic, irregularity, enigma, brain-teaser, juggle, equivocality, trick, story, perplexity, puzzler, mystery story, clarity, whodunit, arcanum, strangeness.

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