[ mis-tuh-ree, -tree ]SEE DEFINITION OF mysteries
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He wants to know what mysteries this mountain hides from his eyes.

Both sexes, and all ages, are busy at all times in the mysteries of the gaming-table.

Who cared what three half-grown boys did, while the elders were busy with their Mysteries.

She had, too, unconsciously to herself, solved one of the mysteries that surrounded me.

Caesar says those who desired to study its mysteries went to Britain.

I have adopted thy faith, though I cannot comprehend its mysteries.

In initiating them into the mysteries of French cookery my sister was of great service.

"Then let's both be mysteries to each other," she suggested.

Sacred to the bare walls of his garret be the mysteries of his interior dress!

Speak not with unseemly levity of the mysteries of the toilet,' he cried.


early 14c., in a theological sense, "religious truth via divine revelation, hidden spiritual significance, mystical truth," from Anglo-French *misterie, Old French mistere "secret, mystery, hidden meaning" (Modern French mystère), from Latin mysterium "secret rite, secret worship; a secret thing," from Greek mysterion (usually in plural mysteria) "secret rite or doctrine," from mystes "one who has been initiated," from myein "to close, shut" (see mute (adj.)); perhaps referring to the lips (in secrecy) or to the eyes (only initiates were allowed to see the sacred rites).

The Greek word was used in Septuagint for "secret counsel of God," translated in Vulgate as sacramentum. Non-theological use in English, "a hidden or secret thing," is from late 14c. In reference to the ancient rites of Greece, Egypt, etc. it is attested from 1640s. Meaning "detective story" first recorded in English 1908.

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