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enigma

Noun

1 something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets" [syn: mystery, secret, closed book]
2 a difficult problem [syn: riddle, conundrum, brain-teaser]

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English

Etymology

From aenigma ‘riddle’, from Ancient αἴνιγμα (aenigma) ‘dark saying, riddle’.

Pronunciation

  • /əˈnɪgmə/
  • /@"nIgm@/

Noun

  1. Something puzzling, mysterious or inexplicable
  2. A riddle, or a difficult problem

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Italian

Noun

  1. enigma, riddle

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Spanish

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Extensive Definition

An enigma is a puzzle, something mysterious or inexplicable, or a riddle or difficult problem.
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enigma in Serbian: Енигма (вишезначна одредница)
enigma in Finnish: Enigma (täsmennyssivu)
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Chinese puzzle, Gordian knot, arcanum, baffle, bafflement, baffling problem, bewilderment, bother, brain twister, cabala, classified information, confidence, confidential communication, confoundment, confusion, conundrum, crossword puzzle, crux, dark horse, dilemma, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertedness, disconcertion, disconcertment, disturbance, embarrassment, enigmatic question, esoterica, fix, floorer, frontier, frontiers of knowledge, guarded secret, hermetics, jam, jigsaw puzzle, knot, knotty point, matter of ignorance, mind-boggler, mystery, mystery of mysteries, mystification, n, node, nodus, nonplus, nut to crack, oxymoron, paradox, perplexed question, perplexity, personal matter, perturbation, pickle, plight, pons asinorum, poser, pother, predicament, private matter, privileged communication, privity, problem, profound secret, puzzle, puzzlement, puzzler, quandary, question, question mark, restricted information, riddle, scrape, sealed book, secret, sixty-four dollar question, stew, sticker, stumper, teaser, terra incognita, the incalculable, the occult, the strange, the unfamiliar, the unknowable, the unknown, tough proposition, unassuredness, unexplored ground, unexplored territory, unknown quantity, upset, vexed question, why, x, z
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