Mysticism
Mysticism Mys"ti*cism, n. [Cf. F. mysticisme.] 1. Obscurity of doctrine. [1913 Webster]

2. (Eccl. Hist.) The doctrine of the Mystics, who professed a pure, sublime, and wholly disinterested devotion, and maintained that they had direct intercourse with the divine Spirit, and aquired a knowledge of God and of spiritual things unattainable by the natural intellect, and such as can not be analyzed or explained. [1913 Webster]

3. (Philos.) The doctrine that the ultimate elements or principles of knowledge or belief are gained by an act or process akin to feeling or faith. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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