Mystery Mys"ter*y, n.; pl. {Mysteries}. [OE. mistere, OF. mestier, F. m['e]tier, L. ministerium. See {Ministry}.] 1. A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied. [1913 Webster]

Fie upon him, he will discredit our mystery. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And that which is the noblest mystery Brings to reproach and common infamy. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

``Mystery plays,'' so called because acted by craftsmen. --Skeat. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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