- to puzzle or perplex
- to bewilder deliberately; play on the credulity of; hoax
- to involve in mystery or obscurity; make obscure or hard to understand
Origin of mystifyFrench mystifier ; from mystère, mystery (; from Classical Latin mysterium) + -fier, -fy
transitive verbmys·ti·fied, mys·ti·fy·ing, mys·ti·fies
- To confuse or bewilder. See Synonyms at perplex.
- To make obscure or mysterious: “What had been for ages mundane would soon become mystified in the minds of most Americans” (Ann Vileisis).
Origin of mystifyFrench mystifier : mystère, mystery (from Latin myst&emacron;rium; see mystery1) + -fier, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present mystifies, present participle mystifying, simple past and past participle mystified)