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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.
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mystify

(ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
2. to make mysterious or obscure
[C19: from French mystifier, from mystère mystery1 or mystique mystic]
ˌmystifiˈcation n
ˈmystiˌfier n
ˈmystiˌfying adj
ˈmystiˌfyingly adv
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mys•ti•fy

(ˈmɪs təˌfaɪ)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to perplex or bewilder.
2. to make mysterious or difficult to understand.
[1805–15; < French mystifier=myst(ique) mystic or myst(ère) mystery1 + -ifier -ify]
mys`ti•fi•ca′tion, n.
mys′ti•fi`er, n.
mys′ti•fy`ing•ly, adv.
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mystify

- Derived from mystery or mystic.
See also related terms for mystery.
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mystify


Past participle: mystified
Gerund: mystifying

Imperative
mystify
mystify
Present
I mystify
you mystify
he/she/it mystifies
we mystify
you mystify
they mystify
Preterite
I mystified
you mystified
he/she/it mystified
we mystified
you mystified
they mystified
Present Continuous
I am mystifying
you are mystifying
he/she/it is mystifying
we are mystifying
you are mystifying
they are mystifying
Present Perfect
I have mystified
you have mystified
he/she/it has mystified
we have mystified
you have mystified
they have mystified
Past Continuous
I was mystifying
you were mystifying
he/she/it was mystifying
we were mystifying
you were mystifying
they were mystifying
Past Perfect
I had mystified
you had mystified
he/she/it had mystified
we had mystified
you had mystified
they had mystified
Future
I will mystify
you will mystify
he/she/it will mystify
we will mystify
you will mystify
they will mystify
Future Perfect
I will have mystified
you will have mystified
he/she/it will have mystified
we will have mystified
you will have mystified
they will have mystified
Future Continuous
I will be mystifying
you will be mystifying
he/she/it will be mystifying
we will be mystifying
you will be mystifying
they will be mystifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been mystifying
you have been mystifying
he/she/it has been mystifying
we have been mystifying
you have been mystifying
they have been mystifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been mystifying
you will have been mystifying
he/she/it will have been mystifying
we will have been mystifying
you will have been mystifying
they will have been mystifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been mystifying
you had been mystifying
he/she/it had been mystifying
we had been mystifying
you had been mystifying
they had been mystifying
Conditional
I would mystify
you would mystify
he/she/it would mystify
we would mystify
you would mystify
they would mystify
Past Conditional
I would have mystified
you would have mystified
he/she/it would have mystified
we would have mystified
you would have mystified
they would have mystified
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.mystify - be a mystery or bewildering tomystify - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
stump, mix up - cause to be perplexed or confounded; "This problem stumped her"
befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, bedevil, fuddle, throw - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
riddle - set a difficult problem or riddle; "riddle me a riddle"
elude, escape - be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
2.mystify - make mysterious; "mystify the story"
blot out, obliterate, veil, hide, obscure - make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
demystify - make less mysterious or remove the mystery from; "let's demystify the event by explaining what it is all about"
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mystify

verb puzzle, confuse, baffle, bewilder, beat (slang), escape, stump, elude, confound, perplex, bamboozle (informal), flummox, be all Greek to (informal), nonplus, befog There was something strange in her attitude that mystified me.
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mystify

verb
To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
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Translations
يُرْبِك، يَجْعَل الأمر لُغْزا
uvést do nejistotyzmást
mystificere
mistificirati
homályba burkolmisztifikál
hjúpa leyndardómi/dulúî
gluminti
mulsināt
hayrete düşürmek

mystify

[ˈmɪstɪfaɪ] VTdejar perplejo, desconcertar
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mystify

[ˈmɪstɪfaɪ] vt (= puzzle) → rendre perplexe
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mystify

vtvor ein Rätsel stellen; his explanation mystified us allseine Erklärung blieb uns allen ein Rätsel; the conjurer’s tricks mystified the audiencedie Kunststücke des Zauberers verblüfften das Publikum
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mystify

[ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ] vt (bewilder) → lasciare perplesso/a, disorientare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

mystify

(ˈmistifai) verb
to be impossible (for someone) to explain or understand. I was mystified by his behaviour.
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References in classic literature ?
From the chocks it hangs in a slight festoon over the bows, and is then passed inside the boat again; and some ten or twenty fathoms (called box-line) being coiled upon the box in the bows, it continues its way to the gunwale still a little further aft, and is then attached to the short-warp --the rope which is immediately connected with the harpoon; but previous to that connexion, the short-warp goes through sundry mystifications too tedious to detail.
If I was to try--no matter whether on myself, on somebody else, or both--any genteel mystifications, I should probably not succeed in them.'
Knowing whither we were bound in the cart, he had ridden after us, well out of sight, with his countryman's disguise ready for use in the saddle-bags-- Screw, in case of any mistakes or mystifications, being left behind on the watch at Crickgelly.
MONTGOMERY interrupted my tangle of mystification and suspicion about one o'clock, and his grotesque attendant followed him with a tray bearing bread, some herbs and other eatables, a flask of whiskey, a jug of water, and three glasses and knives.
If it was easy to reflect, however, that such a boy could postpone school, it was at least as marked that for such a boy to have been "kicked out" by a schoolmaster was a mystification without end.
Adelaide Curtis, of Albany, was the artist's wife's mother,--but then I looked upon the whole address as a mystification, intended especially for myself.
After several vain attempts to comprehend the motives of these two droll old creatures for inviting me to join them at their gouter, I at last fairly gave it up, and resigning myself to inevitable mystification, I sat and looked first at one, then at the other, taking care meantime to do justice to the confitures, cakes, and coffee, with which they amply supplied me.
"You bring him to me!" cried the king, almost indignant at what he considered a mystification.
The result, of course, was that the young girl who was the centre of this elaborate system of mystification remained the more inscrutable for her very frankness and assurance.
A calm gravity seemed to surround the doctor's entire person, and no one would dream that he could become the agent of any mystification, however harmless.
I can tell you this--you only discovered my mother in her own character when I put an end to the mystification by presenting you to each other.
Still, she reflected, these sorts of skill are almost exclusively masculine; women neither practice them nor know how to value them; and one's husband's proficiency in this direction might legitimately increase one's respect for him, since mystification is no bad basis for respect.