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Mystery Adjective Synonyms
puzzle, enigma, conundrum, riddle, question
How he escaped from the locked room is a mystery.

obscurity, secrecy, indefiniteness, vagueness, nebulousness, ambiguity, ambiguousness, inscrutability, inscrutableness
The identity of the beautiful lady in the green dress is shrouded in mystery.

Mystery Noun Synonyms
detective story or novel, murder (story), whodunit
Joel, who once fancied himself an intellectual, now reads nothing but mysteries.

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Mystery Play

Entertainment / Literature / Mystery Play: A religious play performed outdoors in the medieval period that enacts an event from the Bible, such as the story of Adam and Eve, Noah's flood, the crucifixion, and so on. Although the origins are un MORE

Mystery Novel

Entertainment / Literature / Mystery Novel: A novel focused on suspense and solving a mystery--especially a murder, theft, kidnapping, or some other crime. The protagonist faces inexplicable events, threats, assaults, and unknown forces or anta MORE

Mystery Cycle

Entertainment / Literature / Mystery Cycle: A collection of mystery plays in a single manuscript meant to be performed sequentially. See discusion under mystery play, below. MORE

Mystery Cult

Entertainment / Literature / Mystery Cult: Unlike the official 'public cults' dedicated to the Olympian gods in ancient Greece and Rome, a number of religious practices involved chthonic deities (like Demeter) and imported foreign gods (Ishtar MORE