1. [syn: perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
2. make mysterious;
- Example: "mystify the story"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
1. To involve in mystery; to make obscure or difficult to
understand; as, to mystify a passage of Scripture.
2. 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. --Ld.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: 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, mystify, baffle, beat, pose,
bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel,
2: make mysterious; "mystify the story" [ant: demystify]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
72 Moby Thesaurus words for "mystify":
addle, amaze, around the bush, baffle, bamboozle, beat, beat about,
beg the question, bewilder, bicker, boggle, buffalo, cavil,
choplogic, complicate, confound, confuse, corrupt, daze, dodge,
equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, floor, flummox, fool,
fuddle, garble, get, hedge, hoax, humbug, jumble, keep in suspense,
lick, make unintelligible, maze, misadvise, misdirect, miseducate,
misguide, misinform, misinstruct, mislead, misteach, mix up,
muddle, nitpick, nonplus, obfuscate, obscure, palter, parry,
perplex, pervert, pick nits, prevaricate, pussyfoot, puzzle,
quibble, scramble, shadow, shift, shuffle, shy, sidestep,
split hairs, stick, stump, tergiversate, throw