mystify

[ mis-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈmɪs təˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), mys·ti·fied, mys·ti·fy·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

1805–15; <French mystifier, equivalent to mysti- (irregular combining form of mystiquemystic or mystèremystery1) + -fier-fy

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British Dictionary definitions for mystify

mystify
/ (ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ) /

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 mystère mystery 1 or mystique mystic
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