mystification mystification

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. In Haditha, where a Marine patrol killed 15 civilians on the morning of Nov 19, the news is certain to be greeted with mystification and scepticism.
  2. At first, they professed mystification, but then, after some consideration, they pointed fingers at one man: Dick Cheney.
  3. The fact is, you have been made a victim of what the French call 'a mystification,' in other words a piece of undergraduate pleasantry.

Quotes

  1. "Grotesque exaggeration and mystification is a hallmark of Czech culture, and creating false identities is one of the strategies of contemporary art," David Cerny said in a statement of the exhibition in Brussels organised by the Czech EU...
    on Jan 13, 2009 By: David Černý Source: AFP

  2. "To chastise it outright," says Zizek, "to condemn it as 'bad', is an ideological operation par excellence, a mystification which collaborates in rendering invisible the fundamental forms of social violence."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Slavoj Zizek Source: DigitalJournal.com

  3. "The fact is that the traditional woman is a mystified consciousness and an instrument of mystification," De Beauvoir writes. "She tries to conceal her dependence from herself, which is a way of consenting to it."
    on Dec 11, 2009 By: Simone de Beauvoir Source: guardian.co.uk

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