Mystification



[mis-tuh-fahy] /ˈmɪs təˌfaɪ/

verb (used with object), mystified, mystifying.
1.
to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person’s credulity; bewilder purposely.
2.
to involve in or obscurity.
/ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
2.
to make mysterious or obscure
n.

1815, from French mystification, noun of action from mystifier (see mystify).
v.

1814, from French mystifier (1772), a verb formed irregularly from mystique “a mystic” (see mystic (adj.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Mystified; mystifying.

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