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 (ĕn′ĭg-măt′ĭk) or en·ig·mat·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or resembling an enigma; puzzling: a professor's enigmatic grading system. See Synonyms at mysterious.

[Greek ainigmatikos, from ainigma, ainigmat-, riddle; see enigma.]

en′ig·mat′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌɛn ɪgˈmæt ɪk; also ˌi nɪg-)

also en`ig•mat′i•cal,

resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious.
[1620–30; < Late Latin < Greek]
en`ig•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.enigmatic - not clear to the understanding; "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
uncomprehensible, incomprehensible - difficult to understand; "the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"- A. Einstein
2.enigmatic - resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets"; "so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it"; "an enigmatic smile"
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
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Difficult to explain or understand:
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[ˌenɪgˈmætɪk] ADJenigmático
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[ˌɛnɪgˈmætɪk] adj [smile] → énigmatique; [person, figure] → énigmatique
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[ˌɛnɪgˈmætɪk] adjenigmatico/a
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(iˈnigmə) noun
anything difficult to understand; a mystery.
enigmatic (enigˈmӕtik) adjective
puzzling; mysterious. an enigmatic smile.
ˌenigˈmatically adverb
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References in classic literature ?
Liza Merkalova was a thin brunette, with an Oriental, languid type of face, and--as everyone used to say--exquisite enigmatic eyes.
Bewildered though I was by my Teacher's enigmatic utterance, I no longer chafed against it, but worshipped him in silent adoration.
I was at first unable to solve these questions, but perpetual attention and time explained to me many appearances which were at first enigmatic.
This enigmatic utterance completed Daylight's perplexity.
Sometimes she said things that were enigmatic, and he was puzzled.
Prince Michael smiled his enigmatic, gentle, comprehending smile and caught the coat sleeve of the other.
As yet I have done nothing except form a very uncomfortable third at a luncheon and tea party, and listen to a good deal of enigmatic conversation between you and the charming Lady Carey.
The conviction grew stronger in him that if that enigmatic man of yesterday, that phantom sprung out of the earth, had seen everything, they would not have let him stand and wait like that.
It was horrible enough at times," she said with feeling, because somehow, obscurely, what this man said appealed to her as if it were her own thought clothed in an enigmatic emotion.
She listened with that enigmatic, still, under the eyelids glance, and a friendly turn of the head.
His face was curiously unmoved, but his lips were parted in an enigmatic smile.
His lips moved, and he gave voice to this enigmatic utterance: