Adjective "mysterious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Difficult or impossible to understand, explain, or identify.
  1. 'a mysterious benefactor provided the money'
  2. 'When the mysterious visitor walks through the door, he hits him in the head with the plank of wood.'
  3. 'With so much of a mysterious haze surrounding the sport, I clearly needed more information.'
  4. 'In mysterious circumstances the gold disappeared leaving only its legend, and a map, behind.'
  5. 'He was allowed to escape to the USA where he died in mysterious circumstances.'
  6. 'The next day, everyone could talk of nothing but the mysterious woman at the ball.'
  7. 'Two new forensic tests may have brought the mysterious case to a close.'
  8. 'He said the police had been informed and were now investigating the mysterious disappearance.'
  9. 'It'll explain all about this mysterious new boy that none of the girls knew about.'
  10. 'The circumstances are, of course, more mysterious than first impressions imply.'
  11. 'A young artist has created a mysterious object in a box for a corporate assignment.'
  12. 'His destination was the ruins of Quirigua, one of the mysterious ancient sites that had been described by travellers, but about which little was yet known.'
  13. 'she was mysterious about herself but said plenty about her husband'
  14. 'The roof has the same sort of mysterious but simple majesty of a big barn with six wooden trusses and exposed rafters.'
  15. 'This will all be done from a floating fortress, a mysterious place of unrivaled dark glory.'


1. full of, characterized by, or involving mystery: a mysterious occurrence.

2. implying or suggesting a mystery: a mysterious smile.

3. of obscure nature, meaning, origin, etc.; puzzling; inexplicable: a mysterious inscription on the ancient tomb.

More examples(as adjective)

"wires can be mysterious as whatevers."

"wires can be mysterious as gravies."

"reasons can be mysterious after alls."

"processes can be mysterious to people."

"processes can be mysterious for people."

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Late 16th century: from French mystérieux, from mystère ‘mystery’.