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Mystify \Mys"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mystified; p. pr. & vb. n. Mystifying.] [F. mystifier, fr. Gr. ? + L. -ficare (in comp.) to make. See 1st Mystery, and -fy.]
To involve in mystery; to make obscure or difficult to understand; as, to mystify a passage of Scripture.
To perplex the mind of; to puzzle; to impose upon the credulity of; to baffle; as, to mystify an opponent.
He took undue advantage of his credulity and mystified him exceedingly.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1814, from French mystifier (1772), a verb formed irregularly from mystique "a mystic" (see mystic (adj.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Mystified; mystifying.
vb. (context transitive English) To thoroughly confuse, befuddle, or bewilder.
v. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
make mysterious; "mystify the story" [ant: demystify]
"Mystify" is a song by Australian rock band INXS, and is the fifth (and last) single from their 1987 album Kick.
The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence as part of the first sessions for Kick. The song was first previewed to Australian audiences on the Australian Made tour in January 1987.
Mystify (to mystify) may refer to:
- making something of mysticism or else "mystical"
- a 1989 rock song Mystify (song) by INXS
- Mystification (album)
"Mystify" is the only single by the hard rock band Saving Abel from their extended play album Crackin' the Safe.
Category:2013 songs Category:Saving Abel songs Category:Songs written by Skidd Mills
Usage examples of "mystify".
Bernard, and Return to Parma--A Letter from Hensiette--My Despair De La Haye Becomes Attached to Me--Unpleasant Adventure with an Actress and Its Consequences--I Turn a Thorough Bigot--Bavois--I Mystify a Bragging Officer.
More than mystified by the whole hushed proceeding, Asey followed him through the house, and into the front parlour.
How one man could talk so much mystified Blu, but his aching ears and spinning head were a small price to pay.
Why anyone would want to name her child after a Yankee jewelry store mystified Cig, but then why anyone would keep Tiffany as a receptionist also mystified her.
Mystified, she turned to Fayne as an odd buzzing sensation started in her ears.
Such was my condition when one morning the favourite aunt of the Charpillon paid me a call, and said that they were all mystified at not having seen me since the supper I had given them, especially herself, as her niece had given her to understand that I would furnish her with the means of making the Balm of Life.
The strange crystalline growths that appeared on the screen seemed to mystify Huer as much as they did Kemal.
Beside him walked Zu-tag, the great ape, and behind them strung the surviving anthropoids followed by Fraulein Bertha Kircher and Lieutenant Harold Percy Smith-Oldwick, the latter a thoroughly astonished and mystified Englishman.
Many a wiser man than I had been mystified by dyspepsia and melancholic vapours.
To a mystified and anxious girl, pacing the gravel in front of the Castle, entered the fish-cart.
The mystified Cameron stood speechless, watching his prey vanishing in the company of his mistress.
Lady Claybody sat on a brocaded couch with something of the dignity of the late Queen Victoria, mystified, perturbed, awaiting the explanation which was her due.
He looked into her eyes, and she was mystified to A DANGEROUS FORTUNE 145 see tears behind his spectacles.
His blue eyes were boyish-wide and mystified, and she decided he was somewhat younger than she had first supposed, perhaps hardly older than herself.
I did not pause to ask him what he meant by that or how he knew that I mystified people all the time.