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Occult investigator, mystery enthusiast, ghost hunter; these are all phrases that I am considering. But I was wondering if there was any ONE word that describes it perfectly.

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    You already found it. – Robusto Nov 22 '19 at 20:40
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    A "mystery enthusiast" could be somebody who enjoys reading murder mystery novels. "Mystery" doesn't imply supernatural like the other terms you mentioned. – nnnnnn Nov 22 '19 at 21:30
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    Why do you think there should be one word? – Michael Harvey Nov 22 '19 at 23:45
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    A "mystery enthusiast" could be an enthusiast whose identity is unknown to us. – GEdgar Nov 23 '19 at 0:49
  • Isn't it scientists who go after mystery? – Ram Pillai Nov 23 '19 at 2:45
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You can generally add the suffix -phile to create a word meaning an enthusiast of something, so the word would be mysteryphile or mysteriophile.

However, this is not an established idiom -- they're not in any of the dictionaries I searched, and Google Ngrams doesn't have any occurrences. There are some people using them as handles on the Internet, though: there's a Mysteryphile Facebook page, and a Mysteriophile blog

But the word would be clearly understood, because the suffix has a well-known meaning.

  • Mysteriophile would be a more apt term if we compare to other phile-word formations. [Also see: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mysterium#Latin] – ermanen Nov 27 '19 at 1:40
  • You're right, that does seem more appropriate, but it's not in common use, either. I did find a blog using it, I've updated the answer. – Barmar Nov 27 '19 at 5:41

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