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Main Entry: mys·tery
Inflected Form(s): plural -ter·ies 1 a: a religious truth that cannot be fully understood b: any of the 15 events (as the Nativity, the Crucifixion, or the Assumption) which serve as subjects for meditation by Roman Catholics as they say the rosary 2 a: something that has not been or cannot be explained <where they went is a mystery> b: a deep secret <kept their plans a mystery> 3: a work of fiction dealing with the solution of a mysterious crime synonymsMYSTERY, ENIGMA, PUZZLE mean something which is hard to understand or explain. MYSTERY applies to what cannot be fully understood by human reason or easily explained <the mystery surrounding the building of those ancient temples>. ENIGMA applies to words or actions very difficult to interpret correctly <what she meant by her last remark is an enigma>. PUZZLE applies to a tricky problem that challenges one to provide a solution <it's a puzzle who took the chairs from the room and why>.