Mysterious
Mysterious Mys*te"ri*ous, a. [F. myst[`e]rieux. See 1st {Mystery}.] Of or pertaining to mystery; containing a mystery; difficult or impossible to understand; inexplicable; obscure; not revealed or explained; enigmatical; incomprehensible. [1913 Webster]

God at last To Satan, first in sin, his doom applied, Thought in mysterious terms. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Obscure; secret; occult; dark; mystic; cabalistic; enigmatical; unintelligible; inexplicable; incomprehensible. [1913 Webster]


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