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1. of an obscure nature;
- Example: "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"
- Example: "a deep dark secret"
- Example: "the inscrutable workings of Providence"
- Example: "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson
- Example: "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
[syn: cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying]

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. [1913 Webster] 2. To perplex the mind of; to puzzle; to impose upon the credulity of; to baffle; as, to mystify an opponent. [1913 Webster] He took undue advantage of his credulity and mystified him exceedingly. --Ld. Campbell. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "mystifying": baffling, bewildering, bothering, confounding, confusing, dark, discomposing, disconcerting, dismaying, distracting, disturbing, embarrassing, enigmatic, intricate, mysterious, perplexing, perturbing, problematic, puzzling, upsetting