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  • In modern colloquial English, a mystery is a work of detective fiction.
  • Also in modern colloquial English, a mystery is something which is unknown.
  • Originally mystery was a religious term. A mystery was a rite into which only the initiated were admitted. See in particular the article on mystery religion. In Eastern Christianity, and to a lesser extent in Catholicism, the seven sacraments are sometimes called "mysteries"; that nomenclature is perhaps inherited from ancient Greek religions.
  • Another sense of the word mystery is defined by the Catholic Encyclopedia[?] as "a supernatural truth ... that of its very nature lies above the finite intelligence".

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