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mystify

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verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmis-tə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of mystify

  • : to confuse (someone) completely

Full Definition of mystify

mys·ti·fiedmys·ti·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perplex the mind of :  bewilder

  3. 2 :  to make mysterious or obscure <mystify an interpretation of a prophecy>

mys·ti·fi·er play \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun
mys·ti·fy·ing·ly play \-ˌfī-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of mystify

  1. The cause of the disease mystified doctors for many years.

  2. The magician has been mystifying his audiences for years with his amazing tricks.



Origin of mystify

French mistifier, from mystère mystery, from Latin mysterium


First Known Use: 1814

Rhymes with mystify

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MYSTIFY Defined for Kids

mystify

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verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmi-stə-ˌfī\

Definition of mystify

mys·ti·fiedmys·ti·fy·ing

  1. :  to confuse or bewilder completely <His strange behavior has mystified us.>





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