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mystify

[ mis-tuh-fahy ]
/ 藞m瑟s t蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), mys路ti路fied, mys路ti路fy路ing.
to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person's credulity; bewilder purposely.
to involve in mystery or obscurity.
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Origin of mystify

1805鈥15; <French mystifier, equivalent to mysti- (irregular combining form of mystiquemystic or myst猫remystery1) + -fier-fy

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British Dictionary definitions for mystify

mystify
/ (藞m瑟st瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
to make mysterious or obscure

Derived forms of mystify

mystification, nounmystifier, nounmystifying, adjectivemystifyingly, adverb

Word Origin for mystify

C19: from French mystifier, from myst猫re mystery 1 or mystique mystic
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