mystification

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noun mys·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌmis-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of mystification

  1. 1a :  an act or instance of mystifyingb :  an obscuring especially of capitalist or social dynamics (as by making them equivalent to natural laws) that is seen in Marxist thought as an impediment to critical consciousness <the mystification of the sources of wealth — Henry Staten>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being mystified

  3. 3 :  something designed to mystify

Examples of mystification in a sentence

  1. <the new information did little to ease our mystification>

  2. <an event that is one of the great mystifications in all of maritime history>

1816

First Known Use of mystification

1816



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