[ɛnˈɪɡmə], [ɛnˈɪɡmə], [ɛ_n_ˈɪ_ɡ_m_ə]

Definitions of enigma:

  1.   A riddle; a dark saying; anything obscure or ambiguous.
  2.   something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; " how it got out is a mystery"; " it remains one of nature's secrets"
  3.   A statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed: anything very obscure: a riddle.
  4.   A riddle; anything that puzzles or baffles.
  5.   A purposely obscure saying or question propounded for solution; a riddle; any puzzling or unaccountable phenomenon or proceeding.
  6.   a difficult problem
  7.   A riddle; puzzle.
  8.   Enigmatic, enigmatical.
  9.   An action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an enigma.
  10.   A riddle; mystery.
  11.   A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed.

Antonyms for enigma:

axiom, explanation, answer, solution, proposition.

Quotes for enigma:

  1. It was one of those great miracles of history that they managed to smuggle an Enigma machines out to Britain just before they were invaded by the Nazis. – Michael Apted
  2. We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself. – Jean Baudrillard
  3. He makes me laugh, Mick! He tended to turn up when we were having lunch and entertain us all. He bought an Enigma machine! I've never worked with a producer who was more famous than everyone put together. – Saffron Burrows
  4. Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma – Winston Churchill
  5. I'm a walking, talking enigma – Larry David
  6. But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. – Umberto Eco
  7. I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. – Umberto Eco
  8. Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma – Joseph Joubert
  9. There's a lot of people who don't understand the circle crops in England. Pure enigma – Ken Kesey
  10. I have always knocked at the door of that wonderful and terrible enigma which is life. – Eugenio Montale
  11. I'm tired of being this solemn poet of the masses, the enigma shrouded in a mystery. – Michael Stipe

Usage examples for enigma:

  1. Here at last was the key to the enigma – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  2. “ Patrick's face was a complete enigma – The Moon is Green by Fritz Reuter Leiber
  3. The enigma receives a glorious solution when we realize that the future life is to be the time of the Restoration. ” – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  4. This drama is a sublime enigma – Specimens of Greek Tragedy Aeschylus and Sophocles by Goldwin Smith
  5. Thinking silently for a moment, the great human enigma suggested with his old suave smile: This is a matter better left to the natives, Captain, unless it should be found that Miss Sheldon is still nearby about her own affairs. ” – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  6. “ Traces have been found which show that the fugitive was there received by them and conveyed past posts and sentries, over fortifications and ramparts- how is still an enigma – Under a Charm, Vol. III. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  7. Miss Cluyme was prevented from following up this enigma – The Crisis, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 6, 2009
  8. Yes, and an enigma and to none more than to yourself. ” – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  9. As long as he could look back into his life, the question, who is this person they call Alan Conrad, and what am I to the man who writes from Chicago, had been the paramount enigma of existence for him. ” – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  10. The whole personality of the man was an enigma to her. ” – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  11. Puzzling enigma which, however, did not exercise Mr. Povey! ” – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  12. “ " Then Sir Giles did intend the enigma for a guide," she observed. ” – The Manor House School by Angela Brazil
  13. “ Michal did as she was told, and Valentine then hastened with the solved enigma to the commandant, Count Hommonai. ” – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  14. She spent a part of the morning in attending to La Mole, and the rest in trying to guess the enigma which her mind could not discover. ” – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  15. He had shown many good qualities, yet some unaccountable faults; and, all in all, was an enigma to myself and the class. ” – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  16. The very terms of the assertion are as yet an enigma in language, the fact is yet a problem in philosophy; the world possesses as yet no adequate logic for that province of our speculation which lies beyond our immediate experience." ” – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  17. He still remains, in a sense, an enigma for it seems possible that the smiling face he has lately turned to the world conceals the real man more effectively than the frowning countenance he wore in former years. ” – American Men of Mind by Burton E. Stevenson
  18. This question, which he had often asked himself whenever Ibarra's death was mentioned, again came into his mind in the presence of the human enigma he now saw before him. ” – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  19. But he had no leisure to devote to the solution of this enigma – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  20. He first became aware of one enigma the consideration of which was not so easy to lay aside. ” – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor

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