Mystification

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Mystification Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    mystification n
  1. confusion resulting from failure to understand [syn: bewilderment, obfuscation, puzzlement, befuddlement, bafflement, bemusement]
  2. something designed to mystify or bewilder
  3. the activity of obscuring people's understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered [syn: obfuscation]
Mystification Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Mystification \Mys`ti*fi*ca"tion\, n. [Cf. F. mystification.] The act of mystifying, or the state of being mystied; also, something designed to, or that does, mystify. The reply of Pope seems very much as though he had been playing off a mystification on his Grace. --De Quincey.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Mystification'


Deception, beguilement, deceit, bluff, mystification, and subterfuge are acts to propagate beliefs that are not true, or not the whole truth (as in half-truths or omission). Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, sleight of hand. It can employ distraction, camouflage or concealment. There is also self-deception.

Deception is a major relational transgression that often leads to feelings of betrayal and distrust between relational partners. Deception violates relational rules and is considered to be a negative violation of expectations. Most people expect friends, relational partners, and even strangers to be truthful most of the time. If people expected most conversations to be untruthful, talking and communicating with others would require distraction and misdirection to acquire reliable information. On a given day, it is likely that most human beings will either deceive or be deceived by another person. A significant amount of deception occurs between romantic and relational partners.

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