- 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 mystifying
From the wild weather to the harsh landscape, Iceland has its fair share of mystifying phenomena.The Elf Whisperer of Iceland
May 7, 2014
Drake found the statements Chesapeake mailed him each month mystifying.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
The busy hostile world outside is mystifying and a little unreal.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
October 27, 2013
Why Beinart would purposely misrepresent these commonly known facts is mystifying.Peter Beinart’s Bias Against Me, Cory Booker, and Israel
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
June 14, 2013
Just last month, The Palm Beach Post ran a story headlined, "Exorcist priest exits public spotlight, mystifying many."The Shame of an Exorcist Admitting Violation of Chastity
February 2, 2011
To tell the truth, she's more than half afraid of me, and I delight in mystifying her all I can.The Bacillus of Beauty
Oh, no, don't tell me that; what good can there be in mystifying me?Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
Mystifying as were her statements, Jean Brent had the appearance of honesty.Grace Harlowe's Problem
Jessie Graham Flower
A leader and his accomplice are necessary to this mystifying game.
I consider this little trick to be one of the most mystifying of the Indian conjuror.Indian Conjuring
L. H. Branson
- 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 mystifying
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