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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  Fie  upon  him  he  will  discredit  our  mystery.  --Shak. 
  And  that  which  is  the  noblest  mystery  Brings  to 
  reproach  and  common  infamy.  --Spenser. 
  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. 
  ``Mystery  plays,''  so  called  because  acted  by 
  craftsmen.  --Skeat. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mystery  \Mys"ter*y\,  n.;  pl  {Mysteries}.  [L.  mysterium  Gr  ?, 
  fr  ?  one  initiated  in  mysteries;  cf  ?  to  initiate  into  the 
  mysteries,  fr  ?  to  shut  the  eyes.  Cf  {Mute},  a.] 
  1.  A  profound  secret;  something  wholly  unknown,  or  something 
  kept  cautiously  concealed,  and  therefore  exciting 
  curiosity  or  wonder;  something  which  has  not  been  or  can 
  not  be  explained;  hence  specifically,  that  which  is 
  beyond  human  comprehension. 
  We  speak  the  wisdom  of  God  in  a  mystery.  --1  Cor. 
  ii  7. 
  If  God  should  please  to  reveal  unto  us  this  great 
  mystery  of  the  Trinity,  or  some  other  mysteries  in 
  our  holy  religion,  we  should  not  be  able  to 
  understand  them  unless  he  would  bestow  on  us  some 
  new  faculties  of  the  mind.  --Swift. 
  2.  A  kind  of  secret  religious  celebration,  to  which  none  were 
  admitted  except  those  who  had  been  initiated  by  certain 
  preparatory  ceremonies;  --  usually  plural;  as  the 
  Eleusinian  mysteries. 
  3.  pl  The  consecrated  elements  in  the  eucharist. 
  4.  Anything  artfully  made  difficult;  an  enigma. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  something  that  baffles  understanding  and  cannot  be 
  explained;  "how  it  got  out  is  a  mystery";  "it  remains 
  one  of  nature's  secrets"  [syn:  {enigma},  {secret},  {closed 
  2:  a  story  about  a  crime  (usually  murder)  presented  as  a  novel 
  or  play  or  movie  [syn:  {mystery  story},  {whodunit}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  calling  of  the  Gentiles  into  the  Christian  Church,  so 
  designated  (Eph.  1:9,  10;  3:8-11;  Col.  1:25-27);  a  truth 
  undiscoverable  except  by  revelation,  long  hid,  now  made 
  manifest.  The  resurrection  of  the  dead  (1  Cor.  15:51),  and  other 
  doctrines  which  need  to  be  explained  but  which  cannot  be  fully 
  understood  by  finite  intelligence  (Matt.  13:11;  Rom.  11:25;  1 
  Cor.  13:2);  the  union  between  Christ  and  his  people  symbolized 
  by  the  marriage  union  (Eph.  5:31,  32;  comp.  6:19);  the  seven 
  stars  and  the  seven  candlesticks  (Rev.  1:20);  and  the  woman 
  clothed  in  scarlet  (17:7),  are  also  in  this  sense  mysteries.  The 
  anti-Christian  power  working  in  his  day  is  called  by  the  apostle 
  (2  Thess.  2:7)  the  "mystery  of  iniquity." 

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