- 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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1. fool, mislead, elude, puzzle.
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Examples from the Web for mystify
He does things that mystify her, too, which I think is true of all relationships.Adam Driver on Role-Play Sex with Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’ and Adam’s Stormy Relationship with Hannah
March 10, 2014
How does suicide in the ranks continue to mystify the much-vaunted and ever-powerful U.S. military?The Battle with PTSD After the Fighting Stops
October 9, 2013
The result was to deepen and mystify a simple political remark.Mitt Romney’s No More Of a Mystery Than Barack Obama
February 9, 2012
Two blocks of moving waggons will mystify them, not attract them.On the Heels of De Wet
The Intelligence Officer
Colonel Ellwell contrived to mystify the people a little as follows.Letters from Port Royal
"We don't care to mystify you, Leopold," laughed Mr. Hamilton.The Coming Wave
“A very learned person,” said Rhoda, to whom it was delight to mystify Molly.The Maidens' Lodge
Emily Sarah Holt
"It came from Ball & Black's," said our hero, willing to mystify him.Fame and Fortune
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
- to make mysterious or obscure
C19: from French mystifier, from mystère mystery 1 or mystique mystic
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Word Origin and History for mystify
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