mystifying


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mys·ti·fy

 (mĭs′tə-fī′)
tr.v. mys·ti·fied, mys·ti·fy·ing, mys·ti·fies
1. To confuse or bewilder. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To make obscure or mysterious: "What had been for ages mundane would soon become mystified in the minds of most Americans" (Ann Vileisis).

[French mystifier : mystère, mystery (from Latin mystērium; see mystery1) + -fier, -fy.]

mys′ti·fi′er n.
mys′ti·fy′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mystifying - of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
incomprehensible, inexplicable - incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"

mystifying

adjective
Difficult to explain or understand:
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mystifying

[ˈmɪstɪfaɪɪŋ] ADJdesconcertante

mystifying

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Then ensued one of those surprising, mystifying, and utterly inexplicable changes that leave the masculine being so helpless in the hands of his feminine master.
And about this harpooneer, whom I have not yet seen, you persist in telling me the most mystifying and exasperating stories, tending to beget in me an uncomfortable feeling towards the man whom you design for my bedfellow --a sort of connexion, landlord, which is an intimate and confidential one in the highest degree.
This was, perhaps, the most weird and mystifying of all the telephone problems.
I could not resist the temptation of mystifying him a bit, I suppose it is some taste of the original apple that remains still in our mouths, so I handed him the shorthand diary.
Porthos fancied they were mystifying him, and began to curl his mustache and knit his eyebrows; but the knee of Mme.
It was a dream such as young men are always mystifying themselves with.
The old woman was sitting in the same place in which I had seen her last, in the same position, with the same mystifying bandage over her eyes.
She made use of the street-cars when need be, the terrible things that people scrambled for as the panic-stricken at sea scramble for the boats; she affronted, inscrutably, under stress, all the public concussions and ordeals; and yet, with that slim mystifying grace of her appearance, which defied you to say if she were a fair young woman who looked older through trouble, or a fine smooth older one who looked young through successful indifference with her precious reference, above all, to memories and histories into which he could enter, she was as exquisite for him as some pale pressed flower (a rarity to begin with), and, failing other sweetnesses, she was a sufficient reward of his effort.
In the interval Winterbourne had often thought of Daisy Miller and her mystifying manners.
And not only were these flowers almost blinding in their vivid hues of red and gold, but each one whirled around upon its stalk like a miniature wind-mill, completely dazzling the vision of the beholders and so mystifying them that they knew not which way to turn.
Upon my honor, I thought you were mystifying me, and I humored the joke.
He delights in mystifying people; and he purposely misled you, I have no doubt.