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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mystifier - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solutionmystifier - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
sudoku - a number puzzle in which the numbers 1 through 9 must be placed into a grid of cells so that each row or column contains only one of each number
acrostic, word square - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
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References in classic literature ?
The cardinal is not the man to forget a mystification until he has settled account with the mystifier; and the mystifier appears to me to have the air of being a certain young Gascon of my acquaintance."
A little older, a little colder: and already are they mystifiers, and mumblers and mollycoddles.
(81) 'Au Niger il est devenu chose courante, pour le pouvoir de developper la calomnie et le mensonge a travers la radio, la television et les joumaux afin de mystifier l'opinion democratique nigerienne', USN leaflet, 7 May 1982, Student Archives.
to noon: Carl the Mystifier's magic show at Grafelman Park
La premiere se rapporte bien entendu au sens populaire de "tromper," "mystifier." Puis nous avons celle d'un "genre de theatre, intermediaire comique dans la representation d'un mystere," celle d'une "petite piece comique qui presente une peinture satirique des moeurs et de la vie quotidienne," et finalement celle qui se rapporte a la nourriture, d'un "hachis d'aliments servant a farcir, remplir, garnir" (Larousse 421).
Steffan Urban Mystifier Ballantine Pity they're not using British steel.
Borges is referred to as an intellectual author of fantastical stories: "[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]" ("The reader of books, the catcher of abysms"), "[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]" ("The great mystifier").
The 69-year-old Geller used to call his abilities "psychic" but now prefers to refer to himself as a "mystifier" and entertainer.
Driss Jamil, est de revenir sur l'impact humain de l'h[R] patite virale et surtout d[R] mystifier ce fl[R] au qui ne cesse de se propager et qui touche 3 millions de Marocains.
Today I describe myself as a mystifier. I thrive on controversy, the sceptics boosted my career unintentionally.
4 If you make a mistake, use a spray mystifier and a tanning mitt to rub away any excess tan before it dries into your skin.