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mystify

[mis-tuh-fahy] /ˈmɪs təˌfaɪ/
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
1805-1815
1805-15; < French mystifier, equivalent to mysti- (irregular combining form of mystique mystic or mystère mystery1) + -fier -fy
Related forms
mystification, noun
mystifiedly, adverb
mystifier, noun
mystifyingly, adverb
overmystification, noun
overmystify, verb (used with object), overmystified, overmystifying.
unmystified, adjective
Synonyms
1. fool, mislead, elude, puzzle.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mystification

mystify

/ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
2.
to make mysterious or obscure
Derived Forms
mystification, noun
mystifier, noun
mystifying, adjective
mystifyingly, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from French mystifier, from mystèremystery1 or mystiquemystic
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Word Origin and History for mystification
n.

1815, from French mystification, noun of action from mystifier (see mystify).

mystify

v.

1814, from French mystifier (1772), a verb formed irregularly from mystique "a mystic" (see mystic (adj.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Mystified; mystifying.

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