mystify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mystify make mysterious "mystify the story"
    • v mystify 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mystify To involve in mystery; to make obscure or difficult to understand; as, to mystify a passage of Scripture.
    • Mystify To perplex the mind of; to puzzle; to impose upon the credulity of; to baffle; as, to mystify an opponent. "He took undue advantage of his credulity and mystified him exceedingly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mystify To perplex purposely; play on the credulity of; bewilder; befog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mystify to make mysterious, obscure, or secret: to involve in mystery:—pr.p. mys′tifying; pa.t. and pa.p. mys′tified
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mystifier, fr. Gr. + L. -ficare,in comp.) to make. See 1st Mystery, and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mysticus—Gr. mystikos. Cf. Mystery, a secret doctrine.

Usage

In literature:

The address to which he was going mystified him beyond measure.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
His flight brought him into the field of vision of Tom Gordon up-stairs, who had been mystified to understand what was going on below.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
Her words mystified Max, and he was on the point of asking her to explain.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
It is absolutely mystifying.
"The Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol" by Howard Payson
The look in his face horrified her less than it mystified her.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
I suppose Jones knew what the lion had been about, but to Emett and me it was mystifying.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
Friend and foe were both mystified.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
There was the mystifying package together with many others.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
I am rather mystified, and I hate mystification.
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
Yet when he arrived at the end of them he was no less mystified than when he began.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
He was beginning to be mystified by the whole thing.
"A Master of Fortune" by Cutcliffe Hyne
That the corporal mystified his lieutenant, may easily be supposed; but the corporal had other work to do, and he did it immediately.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I watched them stampeding across the pasture, then turned toward the gravel pit, mystified, incredulous.
"Famous Modern Ghost Stories" by Various
The querist, somewhat mystified, followed him, and then when the two were alone, "the lad" said, "I am the one the Dr. went after.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Mrs. Grey was mystified, but hardly dared admit it.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
I was utterly mystified.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
Instructions of this kind do not enlighten, they mystify.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
It is worth recording, that the same change of name mystified slanderous friends in the Presidency of Madras.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I am as much mystified as you are.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
The longer he remained in her company, the more mystified did he become.
"Behind the Throne" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

How strange the spell that mystified
Us all, and hushed our wonted glee,
As sadly her sweet voice replied,
"Why, don't you know I cannot see?"
"Receiving Sight" by Hattie Howard
Twist and tangle and mystify, bully, and weep and bluff;
Marry the truth to a glaring lie, and say it is good enough;
Boast of your vice and villainy—in your virtue rant and bawl—
But that great waiting silence is over the people all!
"That Great Waiting Silence" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Mystified after Ottawa nixes LNG deal.
Energy minister mystified after Ottawa nixes key takeover for province's natural gas strategy.
RBA Governor ' Mystified ' by BOE Report.
Wildcats mystified by offensive woes.
Family mystified by man's slaying in Feltonville.
Obama camp " mystified " at Romney's campaign strategy.
House of Morgan' Nurtured by Crisis ' Mystified ' Senators.
Family and friends mystified after murder-suicide.
Jenson Button believes moving forward in tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix will be tough after he was mystified by a lack of pace in qualifying.
I don't know anything offhand that mystifies Americans more than the cotton they put in bottles.
Etiquette Coach Deborah King De-mystifies the Formal Place Setting .
Bee experts are mystified as to why.
I am always mystified by the extreme reactions to this event in our church, a monumental time in history.
When this column didn't appear a few weeks ago many people were mystified and some actually made inquiries.
Many in Del Norte County were saddened and somewhat mystified this week by the forced resignation of College of the Redwoods-Del Norte campus vice president Dave Throgmorton.
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In science:

Nevertheless, Monckton here does the most mystifying thing in his entire article – he is “prudent and conservative” and retains the same (excessively high) value for the feedback sum b he has been using throughout the article.
Climate Sensitivity and the Response of Temperature to CO$_2$
Diagnosing the mystifying new physics causing acceleration requires more precise measurements of cosmological distance scales.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
Two’s complement notation is normally mystifying to second-year students taking a computer architecture course, because it is presented as a polished technique that “just works” (that is, re use of the logic for unsigned binary addition, with just a little added circuitry).
Mathematics Is Imprecise
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