tr.v. mys·ti·fied, mys·ti·fy·ing, mys·ti·fies
1. To confuse or bewilder. See Synonyms at perplex.
2. To make obscure or mysterious: "What had been for ages mundane would soon become mystified in the minds of most Americans" (Ann Vileisis).
[French mystifier : mystère, mystery (from Latin mystērium; see MYSTERY1) + -fier, -fy.]
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