- to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person's credulity; bewilder purposely.
- to involve in mystery or obscurity.
Origin of mystify
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Examples from the Web for mystified
All were genuinely shocked and mystified when they finally learned, on Sept. 4, that I was not covered by MagnaCare.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
The whole affair meanwhile has mystified longtime Hill insiders and ethics watchdogs.Could an Obscure Ethics Rule Endanger Republican Star Cathy McMorris Rodgers?
February 11, 2014
Vineberg stood before the bench in a black winter coat with lettering on the back that mystified the unhip.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act
February 7, 2014
I mean we are all mystified by how the Gestapo, and the guards in the concentration camps, could be so cruel.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
But in a world where people are interested in the Kardashians, why should we be mystified by the fascination with Pippa?Laugh All You Like at Her Dumb Party Tips, but Pippa Has the Midas Touch
August 29, 2013
With a mystified look she returned to the center of the room.The Film of Fear
Kendal was mystified, for he saw that it was Iris' delicate chirography.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
He told his story in agitated accents, and went to bed a mystified man.Melomaniacs
Thorpe gave her the mystified yet uncomplaining glance she knew so well in his eyes.The Market-Place
"There ain't any ablution in the house," said the mystified Hannah.Paul Prescott's Charge
- to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
- to make mysterious or obscure
Word Origin and History for mystified
"bewildered, puzzled," 1863, past participle adjective from mystify.