mysterious, mythical, mystical

Each of these words refers to something that is not easily understood or explained. By being unknown or puzzling, that which is mysterious produces curiosity, awe, or amazement: "He is suffering from some mysterious illness that baffles the doctors." "She acted in a most mysterious way." That which is mythical involves a myth (a traditional or legendary story about superhuman beings) or is imaginary and without foundation: "His account of the trip was wholly mythical." "This tale about dragons and unicorns is a delightfully mythical narrative." Anything that is mystical has a secret significance or meaning: "These rites are a mystical symbol of brotherhood." "Many of Edgar Allan Poe's best stories are mystical." Related words include occult, secret, esoteric, cryptic, obscure, inscrutable, enigmatic, and puzzling.

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