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
We believe that historians should clarify and explain rather than mystify and
  confuse.
Current notices are not being read and simply confuse and mystify the few plan
  participants who try to follow them.
Not one to mystify his profession, he is friendly and accessible.
Uncle's disappearance continues to mystify his devotees.
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