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.
Origin of mystify
1805–15;Related formsmys·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounmys·ti·fied·ly, adverbmys·ti·fi·er, nounmys·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·mys·ti·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·mys·ti·fy, verb (used with object), o·ver·mys·ti·fied, o·ver·mys·ti·fy·ing.un·mys·ti·fied, adjective
< French mystifier,
equivalent to mysti-
(irregular combining form of mystique mystic
or mystère mystery1
) + -fier -fy
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Examples from the Web for mystifyingly
Historical Examples of mystifyingly
It had been a mystifyingly good season in a bad business year.
It would seem, mystifyingly, that it might really come from all the greatness she could live with.
British Dictionary definitions for mystifyingly
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)Derived Formsmystification, nounmystifier, nounmystifying, adjectivemystifyingly, adverb
- to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
- to make mysterious or obscure
Word Origin for mystify
C19: from French mystifier, from mystère mystery 1 or mystique mystic
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Word Origin and History for mystifyingly
1814, from French mystifier (1772), a verb formed irregularly from mystique "a mystic" (see mystic (adj.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Mystified; mystifying.
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