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From French mystifier, from Ancient Greek μυστικός (mustikós, secret, mystic) + Latin -ficare.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪstɪfaɪ/
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mystify (third-person singular simple present mystifies, present participle mystifying, simple past and past participle mystified)

  1. (transitive) To thoroughly confuse, befuddle, or bewilder.
    Solar eclipses continued to mystify ancient humans for thousands of years.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.

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