Definitions

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  • adjective unusual
  • verb Present participle of mystify.

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

  • adjective of an obscure nature

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Examples

  • But what I find mystifying is why the Attorney General and the people at the Justice Department and the White House risk charges of perjury and contempt of Congress by trying to cover up their political motives behind the firings.

    Loyal Bushies

  • Even more mystifying is home run king Barry Bonds not being subpoenaed.

    USATODAY.com - Priorities of Congress questioned

  • This reaction was dubbed mystifying by one commentator, apparently born yesterday and thus unaware that the Arab League has forever been a collection of cynical, warring, unreliable dictatorships of ever-shifting loyalties.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - washingtonpost.com

  • What’s mystifying is that interviewers allow her to get away with it.

    Think Progress » Bachmann’s Latest Whopper: ‘The Federal Government Literally Owns Banks’

  • Frobisher felt the drops of sweat forming on his forehead, for it was beginning to look remarkably as though there was but one entrance to the vault -- that through which they had come -- and that all these other passages were either natural, or had been cut simply with the idea of mystifying and misleading possible intruders.

    A Chinese Command A Story of Adventure in Eastern Seas

  • Layering jewelry can be mystifying, which is why this single piece composed of rhinestones, faux pearls, beads, and chains is so genius.

    CNN.com

  • It's clearly still mystifying, which is obvious when Terre talks to a reporter.

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  • Christine Fair, a co-author of that report and an assistant professor at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, said the battle against extremists in Pakistan is mired in layers of subterfuge by Pakistani intelligence and a "mystifying" acceptance by the CIA of Pakistan's "good-militant, bad-militant" policy.

    The Ghazi Force: Vengeful New Militant Group Emerges In Pakistan

  • But even with these parallel examples, it seems like the alliance of many in the black community with its shady stars is stronger, substantiated by some kind of mystifying cultural camaraderie; the same kind of thinking that prompted some African Americans to vote for President Obama just because he's black, and not as much as for his campaign platform.

    Cocoa Popps: R. Kelly on the Soul Train Awards-Morality vs. Entertainment

  • But even with these parallel examples, it seems like the alliance of many in the black community with its shady stars is stronger, substantiated by some kind of mystifying cultural camaraderie; the same kind of thinking that prompted some African Americans to vote for President Obama just because he's black, and not as much as for his campaign platform.

    Cocoa Popps: R. Kelly on the Soul Train Awards-Morality vs. Entertainment

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