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.
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Example sentences
They were perhaps mystified about why they did not get an invitation to the
  next step in the process, or ultimately an offer.
The latter pair say they are mystified by what has unfolded.
Mirrors also provide intrigue as mystified monkeys try to find the monkey
  inside of the mirror.
And the reporter who broke the story remains mystified.
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