mystification

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mystification the activity of obscuring people's understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered
    • n mystification something designed to mystify or bewilder
    • n mystification confusion resulting from failure to understand
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mystification The act of mystifying, or the state of being mystied; also, something designed to, or that does, mystify. "The reply of Pope seems very much as though he had been playing off a mystification on his Grace."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mystification The act of mystifying; something designed to mystify; the act of perplexing one or playing on one's credulity; a trick.
    • n mystification The state of being mystified.
    • ***

Quotations

  • Elwyn Brooks White
    Elwyn%20Brooks%20White
    “A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. mystification,

Usage

In literature:

Great was the consternation, profound the mystification of all parties.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
But the field suffers no mystification.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
The conversation continued, to his growing mystification.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
The sanguine confidence of the community had not subsided into doubt so much as into helpless mystification.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
At the next, and final, "demonstration" mystification of another kind came to the observant Kate.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
He began his career with a mystification.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
I drew it out and stared at it in a state of mystification.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
To Alberich's mystification, he actually rouses Fafner.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
He delighted in what may be termed humorous mystification.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
McPhail's mystification amused him.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
***

In news:

Republicans expressed a certain mystification over the thumping they took last night.
This means exposing yourself to the crosswind of exhilaration and mystification that is both the price and reward of eating here.
Mystification ou l'Histoire des Portraits, 2005 (actor).
***