mystification, n.mystifiedly, adv.mystifier, n.mystifyingly, adv.
/mis"teuh fuy'/, v.t., mystified, mystifying.
1. to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person's credulity; bewilder purposely.
2. to involve in mystery or obscurity.
[1805-15; < F mystifier, equiv. to mysti- (irreg. comb. form of mystique MYSTIC or mystère MYSTERY1) + -fier -FY]
Syn. 1. fool, mislead, elude, puzzle.

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