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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 ?
Unmoved is my depth: but it sparkleth with swimming enigmas and laughters.
"I don't understand enigmas. I never could guess a riddle in my life."
"Sir," said I, affecting a coolness that I was far from truly possessing, "you speak enigmas, and you will perhaps not wonder that I hear you with no very strong impression of belief.
Heraclitus saith well in one of his enigmas, Dry light is ever the best.
While he groped at her feet it occurred to him that the woman there had in her hands an indispensable gift which nothing else on earth could give; and when he stood up he was penetrated by an irresistible belief in an enigma, by the conviction that within his reach and passing away from him was the very secret of existence--its certitude, immaterial and precious!
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.