mystify

[mis-tuh-fahy]
verb (used with object), mystified, mystifying.
1.
to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person's credulity; bewilder purposely.
2.
to involve in mystery or obscurity.

Origin:
1805–15; < French mystifier, equivalent to mysti- (irregular combining form of mystique mystic or mystère mystery1) + -fier -fy

mystification, noun
mystifiedly, adverb
mystifier, noun
mystifyingly, adverb
overmystification, noun
overmystify, verb (used with object), overmystified, overmystifying.
unmystified, adjective


1. fool, mislead, elude, puzzle.
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mystify (ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
2.  to make mysterious or obscure
 
[C19: from French mystifier, from mystèremystery1 or mystiquemystic]
 
mystifi'cation
 
n
 
'mystifier
 
n
 
'mystifying
 
adj
 
'mystifyingly
 
adv

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mystify
1814, from Fr. mystifier (1772), a verb formed irregularly from mystique "a mystic," from L. mysticus (see mystic). Related: Mystified; mystifying.

mystification
1815, from Fr. mystification, from mystifier (see mystify).
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Example sentences
Their mystification has begun to make me seriously frightened.
But he is especially the biggest liar in the the world and a the mystification is his preferred playground.
Their expressions ranged from sadness to shock to mystification.
The common denominator in all four of its varieties is self-deception--lies, mystification, and inconsistency.
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