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[mis-tuh-siz-uh m] /ˈmɪs təˌsɪz əm/

the beliefs, ideas, or mode of thought of .
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.
obscure thought or speculation.
belief in or experience of a reality surpassing normal human understanding or experience, esp a reality perceived as essential to the nature of life
a system of contemplative prayer and spirituality aimed at achieving direct intuitive experience of the divine
obscure or confused belief or thought

1736, from mystic (adj.) + -ism.

In religion, the attempt by an individual to achieve a personal union with God or with some other divine being or principle. Mystics generally practice daily meditation.


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