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e·nig·ma

 (ĭ-nĭg′mə)
n. pl. e·nig·mas also e·nig·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
1. One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
2. A perplexing speech or text; a riddle.

[Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai, ainig-, to speak in riddles, from ainos, fable.]

enigma

(ɪˈnɪɡmə)
n
a person, thing, or situation that is mysterious, puzzling, or ambiguous
[C16: from Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai to speak in riddles, from ainos fable, story]
enigmatic, ˌenigˈmatical adj
ˌenigˈmatically adv

e•nig•ma

(əˈnɪg mə)

n., pl. -mas, -ma•ta (-mə tə)
1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation.
2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character.
3. a saying, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle.
[1530–40; < Latin aenigma < Greek aínigma <ainik- (s. of ainíssesthai to speak in riddles, derivative of aînos fable)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enigma - something that baffles understanding and cannot be explainedenigma - something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
perplexity - trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
2.enigma - a difficult problemenigma - a difficult problem      
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"

enigma

noun mystery, problem, puzzle, riddle, paradox, conundrum, teaser This country remains an enigma for the outside world.

enigma

noun
Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
Translations
لُغْز، أُحجِيَه
gådemysterium
talány
gáta
mįslėmįslingai
mīklanoslēpums

enigma

[ɪˈnɪgmə] Nenigma m

enigma

[ɪˈnɪgmə] n (= mystery) → énigme f

enigma

nRätsel nt

enigma

[ɪˈnɪgmə] nenigma m

enigma

(iˈnigmə) noun
anything difficult to understand; a mystery.
enigmatic (enigˈmӕtik) adjective
puzzling; mysterious. an enigmatic smile.
ˌenigˈmatically adverb
References in classic literature ?
She moved to the door, and he followed at her elbow, casting about for a magic word that would make the enigma clear, that would compel the surrender of the gift.
Levin tried to understand him, and could not understand him, and looked at him and his life as at a living enigma.
Africa is, at length, about to surrender the secret of her vast solitudes; a modern OEdipus is to give us the key to that enigma which the learned men of sixty centuries have not been able to decipher.
I had perpetually to guard against the wonder of contemplation into which my initiated view betrayed me; to check the irrelevant gaze and discouraged sigh in which I constantly both attacked and renounced the enigma of what such a little gentleman could have done that deserved a penalty.
Then something--something strug- gling violently--was lifted high against the sky, a black, vague enigma against the starlight; and as this black object came down again, I saw by the green brightness that it was a man.
The whole history of the aboriginal population of this country, however, is an enigma, and a grand one - will it ever be solved?
Elation must have been in his heart, but his face did not reflect it: ever a dark and solitary enigma, he stood aloof from his followers in spirit as in substance.
Plainly, madam, you come to me as an enigma, and you leave me to make the right guess by the unaided efforts of my art.
But my mind had been running on Grace Poole--that living enigma, that mystery of mysteries, as I considered her.
The baffling enigma of the Chinese character to the West was no baffling enigma to the Japanese.
Pearl's inevitable tendency to hover about the enigma of the scarlet letter seemed an innate quality of her being.
He walked the floor for half an hour puzzling over his enigma, then he hunted out the other glass plates.