mystery


mystery
noun
ADJECTIVE
big, great

How the disease started is one of medicine's great mysteries.

little, minor, small

one of life's little mysteries

complete, total

She was a total mystery to him despite their long association.

whole

He had found the clue to unlock the whole mystery

certain

Her blue eyes had a certain mystery.

genuine, real
central

the central mystery of the story

deep, profound

a place of deep mystery and enchantment

enduring, eternal, long-standing
ancient
dark
intriguing
impenetrable, unfathomable
insoluble (esp. BrE), unsolvable (esp. AmE)
unexplained, unsolved
divine, religious, sacred
scientific
detective, murder

He is the author of several murder mysteries.

VERB + MYSTERY
be, present (sb with), remain

How these insects actually communicate presents something of a mystery.

have, hold

It was easy to believe that the house held some great mystery.

be cloaked in, be shrouded in

The whole incident was shrouded in mystery.

deepen

The silence has deepened the mystery surrounding his work.

lose

Air travel has lost much of its mystery.

retain
clear up, crack, discover, explain, figure out, piece together, resolve, solve, uncover, unlock, unravel, unveil

The police are close to solving the mystery of the missing murder weapon.

shed light on, throw light on

The witness could shed no light on the mystery of the deceased's identity.

explore, fathom, grapple with, penetrate, probe, understand

Her poetry attempts to penetrate the dark mystery of death.

contemplate, ponder, ponder on

She pondered the mystery of the disappearing thief.

MYSTERY + VERB
remain

Mystery remains over who will star in the film.

deepen

The mystery deepened when the police's only suspect was found murdered.

unfold, unravel
involve sb/sth
surround sth

the mystery surrounding her resignation

MYSTERY + NOUN
man, woman

Their suspect was a mystery man: a quiet, happily married man with no enemies.

caller (esp. BrE), guest
shopper
benefactor (esp. BrE)
bidder, buyer (both esp. BrE)
prize (BrE)
tour (BrE)
bug, disease, illness, virus (all esp. BrE)
novel, story, thriller
PREPOSITION
mystery about

There's a bit of a mystery about this child.

mystery as to

It remains a mystery as to where he was buried.

mystery to

My sister is a complete mystery to me.

PHRASES
an air of mystery, an aura of mystery

Wearing dark glasses gives him an air of mystery.

something of a mystery
take the mystery out of sth

Modern weather forecasts try to take the mystery out of meteorology.


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