from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of mystifying.
  • n. The fact or condition of being mystified.
  • n. Something intended to mystify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of mystifying or the condition of being mystified.
  • n. A mystifying thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of mystifying, or the state of being mystied; also, something designed to, or that does, mystify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of mystifying; something designed to mystify; the act of perplexing one or playing on one's credulity; a trick.
  • n. The state of being mystified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something designed to mystify or bewilder
  • n. confusion resulting from failure to understand
  • n. the activity of obscuring people's understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered


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  • The mystification is artfully explained by the extraordinary likeness of the two sisters.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • All this is that you may not misunderstand my simile of 'pawns in chess,' made for the gratification of self-mystification, which is a woman's foible.

    Selections from the Letters of Geraldine Endsor Jewsbury to Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Having lived from childhood in a quiet country parsonage, with my father and mother, and a sister younger than myself, as my sole companions, "mystification" -- that is, telling deliberate falsehoods by way of a joke -- was a perfectly novel idea to me; and, when that joke involved the possibility of such serious consequences as offending the tutor under whose care we were placed, I (wholly ignorant of the impudence and recklessness of public school boys) considered such

    Frank Fairlegh Scenes From The Life Of A Private Pupil

  • Even so, observing his vertical rise through the public relations nebula into the New Establishment stratosphere from afar, the mystification is the same. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • That there are women given to licentiousness who would not lend themselves to very much of what they would call mystification;

    The Physiology of Marriage, Part 2

  • Asked about theories that criminalization helps terror, Mike Smith from the UN's counter terrorism arm replied, "I agree that 'mystification' or giving glamour to terrorists is a problem, but I think there are factors that play much more heavily into that than just criminalization: videos of terror attacks and appeals for support on jihadist websites are a much more serious concern."

    Andrew Belonsky: Can Al-Qaeda Be Killed?

  • For example, "mystification" is a plausible misrepresentation of reality in which forms of exploitation are presented as forms of benevolence.

    The Silence of the Scams

  • TODD: Adding to the public and private confusion, one law enforcement source expressed, quote, "mystification" that federal officials are downplaying the information, saying the person who provided it has been credible in the past.

    CNN Transcript Oct 7, 2005

  • In an influential attack on what he called "mystification" that first appeared in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (one entitled "Is the Holocaust Explicable?"), Bauer responded to what might be called a False Mysterian position in the literature of the subject-that is, the "increasing number of commentators [who] argue that ultimately the Holocaust is a mystery, an inexplicable event."

    The Mysterian Manifesto: Shakespeare, McGinn and Me

  • The resulting deferral of conclusions on the reader's part feels like curiosity, just as Byron's own deferral of both violence and forgiveness results in a kind of mystification; this reciprocal relation lies at the heart of Byron's appeal.

    Romantic Anger and Byron


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